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What details do children these days need to know? And how much freedom should headteachers have to decide? The need to improve sex and relationship education in school and at home comes as the number of sexual assaults experienced by children and teenagers from adults and their peers continues to rise. Young people must be taught the importance of healthy and stable relationships, and what exploitative relationships look like. We all know that children, teenagers and young adults experience sexual harassment and violence, and online they are exposed to images and content which can be very disturbing and addictive. Hence, it is vital that schools and parents give children the information they need about sex, consent and healthy relationships. Sex Ed varies from family to family and school to school, so people’s experiences are different. Does sex Ed really fulfill its course name? most of the time, no it does…

I was molested by our family doctor. It was a cool September morning when the unthinkable happened in the most unexpected place. A lot of people talk about how weeks, days or even hours before an event happens there’s a knowing, a sort of strange premonition that danger lay ahead, but not in my case and rightly so. Because you see, I didn’t go to a place anyone expects this kind of thing to happen, but it did. Many times, I tell myself that it didn’t happen, but I know it did. I sat across from my family doctor of several years, we talked for a while as we waited for my sister to return with her test result because I wasn’t the sick one this time, I had brought my little sister to see him. He asked about school and as I spoke to him, he walked over to…

Nationally and internationally there are growing concerns about sexual and domestic violence and this extends to the experience of students in higher institutions. Sexual violence and domestic abuse are public health problems in society – and they are issues that students in universities encounter which has the potential to disrupt their education and change the course of their lives if not handled properly. One 2011 study reported that during their time at university, 25% of female students in the UK had experienced sexual assault, 7% were subject to a serious sexual assault and 68% were subject to physical or verbal sexual harassment on campus. A new study has also found that some students – both male and female – hold myths about sexual violence and domestic abuse when they arrive at university. These include rape myths such as believing that the victim brought it on herself by her behavior or her consumption of…