SPUC's Safe at School organised a packed meeting entitled “Sex education as sexual sabotage”, co-hosted by the Working Party on the Sexualisation of Children under the Lords and Commons Family and Child Protection Group.
Jacob Rees-Mogg, MP for North-East Somerset, said that the meeting was “terrifically important. SPUC’s work is of overwhelming importance for our society.” He said that he has met with local parents worried about school-based sex education. Mr Rees-Mogg thanked everyone at the meeting for helping him to inform himself about the issue, which he is taking up with his local authority. High resolution image of Mr Rees-Mogg
Following the meeting, Jonathan Evans, MP for Cardiff North, and Andrea Leadsom, MP for South Northamptonshire, joined parents in delivering to the Department of Education a 47,000-signature petition to Michael Gove, the education secretary, calling for sex DVDs to be banned from UK primary schools. High resolution image of petition presentation
During the meeting, Dr Judith Reisman, the global expert on sexology pioneer Dr Alfred Kinsey, took delegates back in time to explain why sex education in schools is so explicit today. Dr Kinsey, starting in the 1940s, invented the myth that children are sexual at birth, a presupposition which underpins material used in sex and relationships education (SRE) today. Dr Reisman said it is child abuse to expose children to sexually-explicit material because of the lasting and uncontrollable effect such exposure can have on children’s developing brains. High-resolution image of Dr Reisman
Mrs Lynette Burrows, a leading commentator on the family and a mother of six children, said: “Sex education has an unaaceptable number of casualties”. She argued that the open promotion of paedophilia in the 1970s is now manifested in a different form, namely pornographic sex education. Both Mrs Burrows and Dr Reisman also argued that school-based sex education was not necessary, as parents throughout the ages have proved themselves competent educators of their children in sexual matters. The rise of out-of-wedlock pregnancies, sexually-transmitted infections and child abuse runs parallel with the rise of sex education by so-called professionals rather than parents. High-resolution image of Mrs Burrows
Safe at School has been calling for parents to be given back this critical role in their children’s lives. Parents around the country are calling Safe at School for support in dealing with their children’s schools, which systematically sideline parents from any knowledge of or involvement in the sex education delivered in the classroom.
Emma Clarke, a Northampton mother of three, said that her son’s behaviour changed radically for the worse after he was exposed to sex education at school. Mrs Clarke, who also runs a charity for child sex abuse victims, said that sex education puts children in a vulnerable position because the material used is basically paedophilic.
Ruth Pond related her experience as a parent governor at a state school in Worksop, where she was kept in the dark about the use of Channel Four’s “Living and Growing” DVD. She was isolated by the school management when she objected to the video; she described the school as “hell-bent” on showing the pornographic material to children.
Participants in the meeting were united in their belief that programmes such as “Living and Growing” went beyond merely explaining the mechanics of sex but actually primed pre-pubescent children for sexual activity.
Members of a range of groups and institutions were present at the meeting, including:
- Anglican Mainstream (Dr Lisa Nolland)
- Imam Maulana Shahid Raza Khan (Muslim College in London; World Islamic Mission of Europe)
- SREIslamic (Yusuf Patel)
- Islamic Medical Association (Dr A. Majid Katme)
- Core Issues Trust
- Lydia Fellowship
- ACA (Against Child Abuse) (Belinda McKenzie)
- Family Education Trust (Norman Wells, Dr Trevor Stammers)
- Anscombe Bioethics Centre (Dr Helen Watt)
- St Mary's University College, London
- LIFE (Anne Scanlan)
- Catholic Women's League (CWL); World Union of Catholic Women's Organisations (WUCWO)
- Cost of Conscience
- Morality Forum
- Prayer for Parliament
- Women's Federation for World Peace
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