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  • Alex Wok

Safe Schools



facts:

  • In 2008, a government study was conducted which showed at least 10% of young people had some degree of same-sex attraction. This study also found:

  • 61% of same-sex attracted or gender diverse young people in Australia have experienced verbal abuse

  • 18% of same-sex attracted or gender diverse young people in Australia have experienced physical abuse

  • 80% of these homophobic & transphobic incidents take place in schools

  • 16% LGBT+ young Australians have attempted suicide

  • As the program concerns issues such as how one should deal with gender, sexual diversity, pornography, & masturbation in a healthy way, it is in conflict with some religious and social beliefs. In addition, some allege the SSC is “sexualizing” children to a certain degree & introducing them to sexual topics at far too young of an age.

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  • In light of these concerns, the Safe Schools program was defunded by the Federal Government in 2016, & is set to be removed & replaced in NSW, ACT, & Tasmania with their own anti bullying plans.

issue:

Should divisive views on

sexuality and gender be

taught in schools?



sources:

  1. SBS, 'Major concern in LGBT+ community over axing of Safe Schools in NSW'

  2. The Conversation, 'Explainer: what is Safe Schools Coalition?'

  3. news.com.au, 'Myths around Safe Schools and same-sex marriages debunked'

  4. ABC, 'Should Ethics be Taught in Schools?'

  5. The Conversation, 'Safe Schools review findings: experts respond'

  6. The Conversation, 'Safe Schools review findings: experts respond'

  7. ABC, 'Criticising Safe Schools doesn't make you homophobic'; The Australian, 'Safe Schools Coalition: sexual politics in the classroom'

  8. Nick Wakeling MP, 'Safe Schools position statement'

  9. CultureWatch, 'Seven Things You Must Know about the Safe Schools Program'

  10. The Australian, 'Kids of 7 learn 'gender diversity' from Safe Schools Coalition'

  11. SMH, 'Safe Schools getting scrutiny it deserves'


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