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Should Comprehensive Sex Education be Mandatory?
Comprehensive sex education from an early age is necessary to protect children from abuse.
Children could understand sexual activities and consent with one another at early ages which would likely reduce assault/rape/predator behavior because they would gain an early understanding of the rights to their body, self-agency, and choice of partners.
Understanding consent from an early age will enable children to recognise instances of abuse in later life.
of child sexual abuse victims under the age of 6 are abused by family members. As such, it is critical that students feel comfortable talking to their teachers about these issues, because they may not be able to disclose to their parents.
Children and adolescents, as more vulnerable individuals, are more
to be sexually abused than adults.
Children are vulnerable to abuses of power even if they are aware that they are being abused. The knowledge does not arm them against stronger and more powerful adults.
Specific programs about sexual abuse can be implemented without the need for CSE.