Legistrative Council E-Petitions

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Compulsory holistic sex education in schools
The Petition of certain citizens of the State of Victoria draws to the attention of the Legislative Council that sex education in schools is insufficient. While we are pleased that education on consent will soon become mandatory in Victorian state schools, we acknowledge that sex education as a whole in Victorian schools remains inadequate.
We view this as an opportunity to reform sex education in Victorian schools overall to ensure all students receive a thorough and holistic sex education. We are concerned that schools rarely engage with topics such as rape culture, victim blaming and LGBTQI+ sex education. We believe all schools should cover these subjects, recognising the role of schools to provide safe environments for all students.
There have been a shocking number of past and present school students coming forward to share their stories of sexual assault and harassment. We are disappointed that these students did not receive adequate education or support, and that schools continue to fail to take sufficient action to ensure their school cultures are safe for all students.
Furthermore, we recognise the role of education in a child’s development, and hence view education as playing an important role in making society a safer place overall. Consent should be taught to younger year levels, acknowledging that sexual assault and related issues can affect people of any age and that young children are particularly vulnerable to sexual exploitation and abuse. Schools should take necessary measures to ensure all students feel safe while discussing this topic.
The petitioners therefore request that the Legislative Council call on the Government and the Department of Education and Training to include compulsory holistic sex education, that includes the topics of consent, rape culture and LGBTQI+ sex, in the school curriculum.
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