The Australian Christian Lobby has renewed its calls for the Victorian Government to remove shockingly degrading material in its soon-to-be compulsory Respectful Relationships program for high school children.

WARNING: this media release describes sexually degrading concepts.

Fresh concerns were raised at the weekend by teacher and mother of three, Moira Deeming, who is courageously putting her career on the line by refusing to teach it.

ACL Victorian Director Dan Flynn said it was clear that the value of the program was being undermined by inappropriate sexualised material and contested gender theory.

Respectful Relationships is supposedly an anti-domestic violence program but Mr Flynn said exposing children to pornography and introducing them to degrading sexual acts was not the way to teach respect.

“Exposing children to sexually degrading video content is not the way to develop a culture of respectful relationships,” Mr Flynn said.

“Teachers should not be placed in a position where they are forced to sexualise the children they are teaching on a day-to-day-basis.

“The fact that there is no parental consent or knowledge of these programs shows disdain of parents by the Victorian Government,” Mr Flynn said.

These videos communicate a barrage of degrading sexual content:

  • “Sex is not just intercourse. It’s anything you do to be sexual with another person….[one of the presenters sings:] ’I feel sexy on my pinky, I feel sexy on my chin, you don’t have to come in for the fun to begin’.”
  • Penis in vagina sex is not the only option to consider. “You don’t have to have an ‘inney’ and an ‘outey’. You can have two inneys or two outeys.” (There are visuals involving fingers to communicate this concept visually).
  • “If you’re mixing penises with bums, vaginas or mouths, you should really use a ‘party hat’ (i.e. condom).”

“Many parents and teachers are concerned with the program but are too frightened to speak publicly for fear of losing their jobs or being ostracised,” Mr Flynn said.

“The right of parents to decide what their children are being taught is being ignored by the Andrews Government.

 “The $21.8 million program offers explicit animated videos to children as young as 12.

“It is deeply concerning that teachers are advised to access further information and activities from the learning resource All of Us, which is derived from the controversial Safe Schools program.”

The Victorian version of the All of Us resource continues to include the “Stepping Out” activity, in which Year 7 and 8 students are told to imagine they are 16 years old and going out with someone of the same sex.

On October 18, the ACL wrote to Victorian Education Minister, James Merlino, urging him to remove the links to the explicit Practical Guide to Love, Sex and Relationships videos.

More than 9,000 Victorians have already signed ACL’s petition calling on the Victorian Government to give parents the right to determine what their children are being taught through programs like Safe Schools and Respectful Relationships.

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