Shanghai Daily reports that youth protection officials were surprised to discover in a recent survey that 20 precent of girls aged 15 to 18 at a high school in Hongkou District have had a sexual experience, and are now calling for better sex education to be implemented in their school system.
So it wasn’t recent reports involving the alarming rate of students in China testing positive for HIV, or the surveys showing that only 50 percent of sexually active respondents actually use condoms, or the steadily-rising abortion rate across the country, or the fact that one woman in Haizhu actually believed that there was a demon in her vagina that could only be exorcized with the help of a penis that gave officials the final push for better sex education?
No, it was the fact that teenagers came around and actually confirmed that, yes, they are having sex, or sexual experiences, and all of the above statistics were not just results of divine intervention, unlike what some students in this rather unbelievable survey will have you believe.
Officials were surprised, apparently, but at least this will result in some effective action.
“The old way of teaching sex education, which only discussed the physical features of women and men, is far from enough for middle and high school students nowadays,” Chen Zaiyue, director of the Hongkou District Minor Protection Office, said to the Daily.
She also stressed the importance of teaching sex education in school, as most parents won’t teach their kids at home.
Now, Hongkou will be the first district in the city to teach students about the psychological aspects of sex.
The trial program is taking place in cooperation with hotline 6587-6866, which offers consultation and guidance to minors and young women with unwanted pregnancies.
Through this program, groups of five to 10 students are taught by either a doctor, psychologist or youth protection official about body changes during puberty, the risks associated with unprotected sex and self protection.
“We want to teach female students how to say ‘No’ and what to do if they show signs of pregnancy,” Chen said in the report.
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