SEX ED STUDY
In many parts of Europe, the fight against sexual education became part of an ideological war. The attacks against it are not based on science, but merely opinions and beliefs. Its opponents neglect the intent of sexual education, which is to equip people with knowledge, skills, attitudes and values that will empower them to realise their health, well-being and dignity. And to exchange scientific and holistic approaches to counter insufficient prejudices, heavily steeped in ideology and accepted by political and religious leaders. The fate of sexual education is one of a kind.
The positive influence of sexual education is undeniable. It is the most effective form of protecting children from sexual violence, as it makes them more assertive and positively affects their psychosexual development. It helps build their self-confidence. It also serves as an answer to potential dangers stemming from technological developments, such as pornography, sexting and cyberstalking. Conducted properly, factual sexual education correlates with an increase in tolerance and respect for other people’s boundaries. Despite it, many politicians, cynically ignoring long-term consequences, have been using the topic of sexual education in a ruthless popularity race and thoughtlessly exploit it for the needs of their electoral projects.
This is why the Friedrich Naumann Foundation together with its Partner „Projekt: Polska“ from Poland identified the need for a study of the state of sexual education in Europe. This publication is a mini-guide through contemporary sexual education in Europe. It helps the reader understand the greatest challenges it faces, where they come from and what they can result in. It identifies key actors influencing the system and presents best and worst practices based on experiences from many European countries. In the end, the reader will understand that there is no singular sexual education, know what GOOD SEX ED is about, and why it is worth promoting and fighting for as a liberal!