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Why we can’t leave sex and relationships education to chance

Watch this video, sign the petition, and help young people have safer, better consensual sex

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By Emily Baker on

The Everyday Sexism Project and the End Violence Against Women
Coalition have released a short film promoting highlighting the
importance of sex and relationships education (SRE) at school.

The film forces us to imagine what it would be like to treat maths and english education in the same way we treat SRE as it shows young people in everyday situations struggling to count and read. The last scene focuses on a teenage couple sat on a bed. “You have to, you’re my girlfriend,” says the boy to the girl, highlighting how ill equipped our young people are to safely navigate adult relationships.

The short accompanies an online petition, calling for Theresa May and education secretary Justine Greening to make SRE compulsory in schools. The petition has already gathered 30,00 signatures and comes as new CPS figures showed violence against women and girls is at an all-time high.

Laura Bates of the Everyday Sexism Project said, “I have become convinced that this particular measure – ensuring all young people receive sex and relationships education – is one of the single most important actions we can take to try and prevent abuse from happening. We know that some parents talk to young people about these issues, but many don’t feel able to, and it’s simply too important to leave to chance.” The Everyday Sexism Project and the End Violence Against Women Coalition have released a short film promoting highlighting the importance of sex and relationships education (SRE) at school.

@emilyrbakes

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