Girl Guides to be offered advice on safe sex

UK Telegraph 4 Jan 06
Lord Baden-Powell must be turning in his grave. A century after he founded the Girl Guide movement to imbue young ladies with a love of the outdoor life and clean living, the organisation has decided it is necessary to teach them about safe sex, date rape and abortion.About 450 members across Britain will be trained as “peer educators” to run sessions on contraception, sexual health, bullying, eating disorders, binge drinking and stress management. Girlguiding UK, as it is now known, said that its Get Wise programme was devised in response to complaints from girls that such sensitive topics were not adequately discussed in school. Under the scheme, the trained counsellors, aged between 14 and 25, will visit Guide units and schools, using role-play techniques to debate the issues in the open.

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