Stuff co.nz 15 March 2014
ACC is stepping boldly into the minefield of sex education, amid claims that schools are failing to teach teens how to say “no”.
The national accident insurer received 4800 sexual violence claims last year and spent about $44 million treating the victims.
Hundreds of claims come from children under 14.
In an effort to reduce sexual violence – and the big compensation bill that comes with claims – ACC wants to fund pilot “healthy relationship” programmes in a handful of secondary schools, with a view to introducing them nationwide.
Rape Prevention Education executive director Kim McGregor said there were “huge gaps” in high school sex education, with the focus leaning towards biology and health rather than relationships.
Many teenagers displayed a shocking ignorance about sexual violence, and even blamed the victims, she said.
NZ Herald 16 March 2014
Teaching teenagers about how to develop healthy relationships in a bid avoid sexual violence is the aim of a pilot high school programme that is being funded by the Accident Compensation Corporation.
ACC Minister Judith Collins said encouraging a culture of respect was one of the most effective ways to help to prevent sexual and dating violence.
“This pilot programme will teach young people the value of having healthy relationships based on respect, negotiation and consent.”
Family First director Bob McCoskrie said he would be writing to Ms Collins requesting that any programme be “pre-vetted” by a representative group of parents.
He would prefer the information come from parents rather than through schools, he said.
It was not yet known which schools the programme would be rolled out to.
Ms Dixon said the programme would pilot in the third term, to avoid the exam period in term 4.