After Abuses, China’s Schools Re-evaluate Sex Education Curricula

A survey conducted by the Beijing News and the Maple Women’s Psychology Counseling Center reveals that over 90 percent of parents in China support the implementation of a comprehensive sex education curriculum, reports Zee News.

107 children between the ages of 6 and 14 and over 1,100 parents completed the survey.

The questionnaire found that children receive very little sex education from school or parents, which means they may lack awareness and capability to cope with sexual offenses.

Only 8.3 percent of parents know for sure their kids have sex education classes at school, while 43.5 percent of parents said there are no such classes at their kids’ schools.

Though 68.4 percent of parents said they had taught their kids sex-related knowledge, merely 18.6 percent ever told their children how to ask for help or escape when victimized.

38% of children expressed that they have very little knowledge about protecting their bodies. Only 37% of parents said they teach their children about their bodies and the importance of protecting private areas.

The survey came after a series of molestation cases that have parents worried about their children’s safety in schools. 9 molestations have occurred in the past 20 days, and the majority of suspects include principals and teachers.

While parents in China seem to want to rely on the school system to teach their children about sexual health, parents in the United Kingdom still want sexual education to remain an optional part of the curriculum. Laura Perrins argues in The Telegraph argues that sexual abuse should not be used as an argument for mandatory sex education.

Interestingly, a survey by the National Association of Head Teachers of 1,000 parents this week showed almost nine in 10 felt sex education in schools should be compulsory. However, a closer look at the survey reveals that the majority of parents (51pc) do not believe it appropriate for schools to begin teaching about the dangers of pornography before pupils reach their teens (an additional 7pc believe it should never be taught). Four in 10 said five and six year-olds needed guidance – although this is a significant number, it’s still in the minority.

Perrins argues that sexual education is not the answer to protect children from sexual abuse or abusive relationships. She believes teaching children to respect themselves and each other should not labeled or unnecessarily coupled with sex ed. Respect for others should be taught be parents, and reinforced in schools throughout their education — not just compartmentalized in sexual health class.