Thursday 19-01-2017 - 10:52
This is a statement from NUS LGBT+ Committee in response to the government's rejection to widespread calls for Sex and Relationships Education (SRE).
We are deeply concerned that once again, LGBT+ children and young people have been denied the right to inclusive sex and relationship education. Research carried out by Terrence Higgins Trust found that even at schools in which Sex and Relationship Education (SRE) is being taught only 5% are receiving inclusive which includes information on LGBT+ sex and relationships.
There is no point in having Sex and Relationship education in this country if it ignores and excludes our most marginalised young people. Young people across the UK are routinely denied adequate preparation for the realities of adulthood, which can have serious and long term consequences for themselves as individuals but also more broadly for society.
For instance a worrying 75% of those who took part in the study conducted by THT had not learnt about consent during SRE classes. We believe inclusive and wide ranging SRE that teaches young people about healthy and consensual relationships, both sexual and non-sexual would see a drop in instances of sexual assault and abusive relationships.
We call on all MPs to stand with us, for inclusive SRE, to make sure that young people across the UK receive adequate preparation for the future. We will be running a joint campaign with both Student Pride and Terrence Higgins Trust over the coming weeks asking people to send Valentine’s cards to their MP asking for compulsory and inclusive SRE. If you’d like to be involved please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
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