When you think of sex education for children, you usually think of what they learn at school about the birds and the bees. Where babies come from, what parts of their body do, etc. I think what is more important now a days is to educate your children about what isn’t consensual sex.
Recently in the media there have been several reports of rapes occurring in India. I’m sure you’ve also heard of some of the bigger cases in the West where children were abducted, held hostage and repeatedly raped. Now, while I am not one to jump on the fear based living bandwagon, I do think it is important for us to keep our children safe. And this is often just alerting them to potential danger, what is not okay and how to handle the situation if it arises. In the last few days I’ve seen lots of blog posts and articles about girls coming forth having been touched or abused in India and quite frankly it sickens me. When I was young and visiting India, I had random men (twice) pinch my bottom on the road and then run off. But I immediately told the adult with me and was moved away from the area. Perhaps if these girls were educated at a young age, they would have had the courage to stand up and say something. You can read these here:
So how can we try and stop this from happening? I don’t think we can change the mind set of men (or women) who believe that it is okay to touch a child but I do think we can educate our children to recognise when something is wrong. I came across this video which I think explains quite clearly what isn’t okay.
Another great movement is by the Council of Europe who encourage you to teach your kids “the underwear rule” and they are backed by the NSPCC.
So parents, please sit down with your child and take the time to teach them and educate them. We can’t change what has happened in the past but we can educate our children to prevent it happening to them in the future.