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28 July 2015



The Abbott-government’s $8 million Safe Schools Coalition of Australia encourages girls who think they might be boys to bind their chests so their breasts won’t develop properly.



Seven Ways to Bind Your Chest” is one of the tabs on the Minus 18 website promoted to primary and high school children by the government-funded SSCA.



Australian Christian Lobby child safety spokesperson Wendy Francis today renewed ACL’s calls for the Education Minister Christopher Pyne to immediately de-fund the SSCA and for state education ministers to remove SSCA material from Australian schools.



Ms Francis said as a mother and grandmother she was shocked to read what the Commonwealth Government is teaching children.



The SSCA-promoted Minus18 website advice on chest binding was particularly worrying.

“All binding methods have some level of risk attached to them. Because you are compressing tissue, it can still cause some damage and potentially even breakages to your ribs- and remember, if things go wrong with your ribs, it has the potential to be lethal. That said there’s a lot you can do to minimise the risk! Source 7 Ways to bind your chest



Ms Francis said it would seem the Commonwealth Government would be liable if a young girl died as a result of its chest binding advice.



“It is unbelievable that the federal government is funding advice that carries such a high risk to the safety of girls.”



SSCA material promotes the Minus 18 website and tells primary and high school students what to do if their school blocks it.

“Try accessing the website minus18.org.au, safeschoolscoalition.org.au or some of the groups listed at the back of this guide. Are any of them blocked? If so, for what reason? Speak to a teacher about the importance of allowing students to access them at school, and let them know why this matters (Source Stand Out page 18 top right hand corner).”



Last week the Clerk of the Queensland Parliament banned from parliament’s e-petition website words from SSCA material used in primary schools which tell children that penis and vagina sex is certainly not the ultimate sex.



Since ACL went public, this material has been removed from the SSCA websites in Victoria.



SSCA material still available to children promotes cross-dressing and says boys who feel like they might be girls should be allowed to use girls’ toilets at school.



The Minus 18 website says: “I’ve had friends who count their first time giving oral as their virginity”.



Ms Francis said this was at a time when the public was being told by experts that the State is experience a “Tsunami” of throat cancer because of oral sex.



“No one wants kids to be bullied at school for any reason but the Safe Schools material is promoting radical sexual experimentation and gender theory. It is clearly much more than an anti-bullying program,” Ms Francis said.



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