SPUC Safe at School has responding to those MPs, committed to compulsory sex education, who have initiated a debate calling for an end to violence against females through making personal, social and health education (PHSE) a statutory requirement in schools (see below). Sex and relationships education (SRE) is part of PHSE.
Antonia Tully of SPUC Safe at School said:
"This is a cheap tactic aimed at deflecting attention away from their real agenda. Who isn't against ending violence towards women? Those MPs who want compulsory sex education are mixing up two different issues in an attempt to wrap up compulsory sex education with an issue they think will be more acceptable to the public in general, and parents in particular.
"Safe at School has exposed many SRE teaching resources to be graphic lessons about sex which sexualise children. Hundreds of parents wanting to protect their children from such lessons have been supported by Safe at School. Compulsory sex education deprives parents of their legal right to withdraw their children from inappropriate sex lessons. We will make sure that MPs and parents are not taken in by such gimmicks."
Tomorrow in the House of Commons MPs will debate the following motion:
"PROTECTING FUTURE GENERATIONS FROM VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND GIRLS
Sandra Osborne Heidi Alexander Seema Malhotra
Mrs Cheryl Gillan Liz Kendall Debbie Abrahams
Sarah Champion Dame Anne Begg Mrs Eleanor Laing
Bridget Phillipson Karl Turner Luciana Berger
That this House notes the One Billion Rising Campaign, and the call to end violence against women and girls; and calls on the Government to support this by introducing statutory provisions to make personal, social and health education, including a zero tolerance approach to violence and abuse in relationships, a requirement in schools."
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