Sex Education – Kids need to know the proper names for all their body parts
What you are about to read is an example of what might occur during interviews with children about alleged sexual assault:
“They touched me there …”
“I am sorry … but you have to be more specific. Where did they touch you?”
“They touched my flower.”
Our society lacks the commitment to teach the correct terminology for genitalia to children. Most adults use ambiguous terms due to lack of knowledge and the possibility of embarrassment. Without sexual education, how is a child supposed to inform someone about sexual assault or violence?
Any child can tell you when they were touched on their head, knees, or toes but when it comes to their vagina, penis, breasts, or testicles many can’t. Instead they use ambiguous terms like flower, poompoom, sword, or privates.
We have known the importance of sexual education for over 30 years. Children lacking the names for human anatomy prevents investigators from obtaining the necessary information needed to properly charge offenders during sexual abuse trials. In addition, researchers found that children who can comfortably and correctly identify all body parts are less likely to be victims of sexual assault. These children are no longer suitable victims.
We know what we could and should be doing. But we aren’t doing it.
Despite the Quebec education minister promoting sexual education as being essential to learning, a prominent member of the Montreal’s Catholic Church believes that children before 12 are sexually dormant. Therefore, introducing any sexual material to children is imposing knowledge that counters the values of the Catholic Church.
Why is a prominent member of the Catholic Church against the safety of children?