Today’s Herald Sun editorial sums up well the concerns many parents will have about the new “Respectful Relationships” program to be made compulsory in all Victorian state schools from next year:
“Many parents will be in a state of shock over a schools program that will involve their children in discussions on pornography, sexual positions and the size of male genitalia.
“…that all parents were not consulted before a decision was made points to an education department intent on its own agenda and a government that has failed to recognise its responsibility…
“This program may claim to teach ‘respectful relationships’ but it more likely will become an unwanted and dangerous distraction.”
The Australian’s editorial is even stronger:
“The sexualisation of children is not a method of domestic violence prevention. At worst it is an insidious form of abuse, often used by pedophiles to groom their victims.
“Yet Daniel Andrews’s government has funded another program in schools that encourages adults to sexualise children and expose them to sexually explicit materials. Such behaviour violates common standards that protect children from premature sexualisation…
“As a society, we rightly denounced behaviours exposed by the royal commission into child sex abuse as abhorrent and intolerable. Our refusal to tolerate child sexualisation should be universal.”