- Self Esteem
- Healthy Relationships
- Health including sexual health and mental health
- Increased Confidence, Assertiveness skills
- Independence and abilities to seek help when needed
- Knowledge and understanding of the human body
- Knowledge and understanding of relationships, sex, sexuality, sexual health, pregnancy and pregnancy choices, contraception, STI’s, abortion, consent, power, gender, sex in the media, ethics etc etc.
- Contribute to reducing teenage pregnancy rates
- Contribute to reducing STI transmission rates
- Contribute to reducing sexual crime rates
- Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development (SMSC)
- Anti-bullying (including Transphobia, Homophobia, Biphobia, sexists and sexual bullying)
- Gendered Harrassment and Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG)
- Sexual harrassment, assault and rape
- Domestic violence and violence in teen relationships
- Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)
- Tackling gang violence
What is the one thing that joins these dots together? *subtle hint- it’s my favourite subject!*
This list was off the top of my head in 5 minutes I am sure there are many more things that high quality Sex and Relationships Education can contribute too (tweet me or comment below and I will add to list). I find it so frustrating that these links are not always made by policy makers. High quality SRE can contribute to prevention efforts of many of the negatives on that list and significantly boost the positives.
A gentle reminder that pretty much everyone on this planet has sex at some point in their lives and the vast majority of us are here because our parents had sex. Sex is central in society yet hidden, tabboo and maligned. Which means sex education is also. Seems daft when you think sex and sex education impacts on so much.
How can we help the policy makers join up the dots and see that significant investment in High Quality SRE is crucial as it contributes to so many vital areas of current concern? Without such investment, many of the agendas in this list will not suceed.