Taxpayers could be getting more than they bargained for with the Victorian Government sexualising children through its $21.8 million Respectful Relationships program, according to the Australian Christian Lobby.
The classroom videos linked to and approved by the new Respectful Relationships program discussed on ABC’s Q&A program last night assume under-age students will be engaging in sexual activity and exploring all its possibilities.
ACL Victorian Director Dan Flynn said that the program purports to teach students how to make good relationship choices, but instead through the Practical Guide to Love, Sex and Relationships, developed by La Trobe University’s Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (ARCSHS), it normalises sexual behaviours for students from the age of 13.
The La Trobe centre was also behind the controversial Safe School program which teaches students that gender is fluid.
“The link between the early sexualisation of children and ‘grooming’ practiced by paedophiles, which seeks to normalise sex for children, is of concern to many Australian parents,” Mr Flynn said.
Ironically, in the midst of such disturbingly sexually explicit imagery, one of the videos acknowledges that ‘it is illegal in Australia to show a person under the age of 16 an indecent object or film’.
“The appearance of content in the classroom that most parents would banish from TV and computer screens at home, is therefore concerning,” Mr Flynn said.
“The inclusion of such material in the regular high school curriculum assumes a level of sexual interest and activity which is inconsistent with the age of their intended audience.”
These videos even acknowledge this, saying:
“And, of course, not everyone is interested in sex. If this is you, we’re sorry you have to listen to this crap. But you do.”
After extensively surveying potential problems of STIs and pregnancy, in an up-beat style with lots of swearing, the presenters conclude:
“You could always not have sex, ever.” To which the other replies “Don’t be stupid!”
The Minister for Education James Merlino said last week,
“This is about teaching our kids to treat everyone with respect and dignity so we can start the cultural change we need in our society to end the scourge of family violence.”
Mr. Flynn has today urged the Education Minister to immediately remove the links to the explicit ARCSHS videos if it is going to have any credibility in developing a culture of respect for women.