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Teen Sexual Awareness.
The word itself is taboo. Mention “sex” and many are only too shy to discuss it, much less willing to debate it. Sometimes parents are too embarrassed and skip this “difficult” subject, leaving it to the child, or teenager to discover for himself the truths and myths about sex.
Awareness is vital if we are to educate and teach the child the do’s and don’ts regarding sex. The more information that is disbursed, the more informed he is. At present, schools do provide a form of education on sex, covering a wide range of topics, from the make up of the sexual organs to how pregnancy occurs. But this is not enough.
The public can, hand in hand with the education authorities, help encourage awareness among teens and youths. One way is to hold roadshows – make it big, make it grand and promote the event at places where youths abound; at supermarkets and town centres or even at community halls.
The average teen, whose hormones are a-raging, needs to be guided and shown the correct facts and figures when it comes to sex. They are usually too shy to approach their parents, and most of the time, they get their facts from friends and sadly, from pornography.
Whilst school-based sex education teaches on the function and biological make-up of the sexual organs, much is still lacking. The child needs to know and be convinced that free-sex is intolerable. Unwanted pregnancies become rife when the child is not told of the repurcussions of having sex. The practice of having multiple partners must be cautioned, if we are to stem the tide of venereal diseases and even HIV, that leads to AIDS.
Young as they are, and impressionable as their outlook on life is, young children are also easy targets of perverts and incest. When they are equipped with the right knowledge, they can resist sexual advances and be able to tell what is “normal” touching from improper physical contact.
While rape cannot be totally eradicated, victims of such abuse stand a chance to see their perpetrators behind bars. The up-side is also clear – they won’t suffer in silence for years; not knowing that the abuse was wrong and againts the law.
Therefore, laws regarding sexual misconduct must also be included in the school curicullum, albeit briefly so as not to further confuse the students, or to draw them too far away from the current subjects, such as Mathematics and Science.
Without the proper skill, a child is unable to find his niche; so the same goes with a holistic approach to sex education. With the right facts in their hands, young children, teenagers and youths can map out their lives with care and consistency. Let’s hope such awareness programmes swiftly comes into effect nationwide, for the child knows not the hour, he knows only the present; and it is our responsibility to shield him from danger. At all times.