­­MEDIA RELEASE



10 February 2016



The Australian Christian lobby is concerned that many of the 500 primary and high school principals who have signed up to the so-called Safe Schools Coalition are not fully aware of what is in the program.



ACL’s concern was triggered by comments in today’s The Australian article, written by Natasha Bita, from the principal of Adelaide’s Scotch College, John Newton, who said he did not approve of one of the lesson plans.



ACL spokeswoman Wendy Francis urged Mr Newton and other principals to carefully examine the Safe-Schools material and particularly the Minus 18 website it encourages children to access.



“Many principals and teachers are rightly concerned with bullying and providing a supporting environment.



“However, it is clear that school leaders are probably not aware of what Safe Schools is really promoting and may be unwittingly acting as agents for rainbow activists, giving age inappropriate material to their students.



“The Safe Schools promoted material is anything but safe. Information provided by the Safe Schools promoted Minus 18 website is targeting children as young as 11, giving instructions on dangerous practices such as chest-binding for girls and penis tucking for boys,” Ms Francis said.



“We agree with Mr Newton’s comments that Safe Schools ‘feels like a ham-fisted attempt to change our culture’”.



Ms Francis warned that the Safe Schools-promoted Minus 18 website, funded by the Victorian Government and promoted by the program nationally, advises “7 ways to bind your chest” – a practice which it casually admits can kill.



“Because you are compressing tissue, it can cause damage and potentially even breakages to your ribs if done improperly, if things go wrong with your ribs, it has the potential to be lethal,” according to the Safe Schools-promoted material.



And boys who think they might be girls are advised to “tuck” their penises, a practice that can lead to infertility.



“Tucking sometimes involves a technique of placing the testicles back inside the pockets inside your abdomen that lie on either side of the penis. If it feels too weird, a tuck can still work without it. The next step is to pull the penis backwards, in-between your legs…” the website says.



Safe Schools tells children that if they can’t access the Minus 18 website to go to their teacher and have it unblocked.



Ms Francis said the Safe Schools-promoted Minus 18 website goes on to affirm radical sexual experimentation and plays down the significance of sexually transmitted infections:



“So I done f…..d up. Literally. One Grindr hook-up gone wrong and that’s how I got myself some gonorrhea.” It goes on to say “I’ve had friends who count their first time giving oral as their virginity” and “penis-in-vagina sex is not the only sex, and certainly not the ‘ultimate’ sex.”



ACL has taken an active role in warning parents and teachers of what their schools may, in many cases unwittingly encourage.



Ms Francis said it was important for parents and teachers to write to their Member of Parliament warning them of the program.



“We call on schools to remove this material immediately until at least a thorough investigation is undertaken and the content is fully explained to parents,” Ms Francis said.



“The Federal Government should explain why it is funding Safe Schools while it is providing this harmful material to children.



“It is interesting to see the Education Minister Simon Birmingham trying to put “arm’s length” distance between the government and Safe Schools, even though the federal government funds the program to the tune of $8 million.



In response to ACL media commentary in The Australian and the Herald Sun, two ACL staff, including a female, have been sent graphic and disturbing homosexual pornographic images. This included an image which appears to contain a child. ACL is reporting this to ACT Police.



ENDS.



Link to “All of Us”: http://www.safeschoolscoalition.org.au/all-of-us



Click here for article on a woman that has withdrawn her children from School because of Safe Schools.



For a full list of NSW schools click here: http://www.safeschoolscoalition.org.au/safe-schools/