organization: Academic Medical Journal of India
organization: Vol 2, No 1; 1-2
title: Adolescent Health – High time we adopted a responsible approach to Sexuality Education
author: Lal, Anoop Amrith; Melmaruvathur Adhiparasakthi Institute of Medical Sciences (MAPIMS), Tamil Nadu
date: 2014-03-10 00:00:00
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abstract: Sexuality Education is not about teaching children how to have sex. It is about implementing a well-researched, age appropriate, culture sensitive, life-skills based educational programme that will empower and enable our children to defend and safeguard themselves against the sexual vices of the society. In a country like India, it cannot be a one-size-fits-all package imported from the west. It has to be tailor-made for different sections of our society in such ways that, teenagers in big cities are enabled to take responsible decisions to refrain from high risk sexual behaviour and young girls in villages are empowered to resist being pushed in to sexploitation and slavery. Most important of all, the programme should be fine-tuned to help reduce the incidence of Child Sexual Abuse in the country.