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India's Church leaders see sex-education as answer to violence against women

Catholic World News - January 16, 2013

Catholic Church leaders in India are continuing to recommend sex-education programs in schools as a response to public outrage over rape and exploitation of women.

“Sex education is very important,” Father Anthony Charanghat, a spokesman for the Bombay (Mumbai) archdiocese, told the Fides news service. He disagreed with the city’s police chief, who said that sex-education programs could aggravate India’s problems, noting that violence against women is higher in countries that have sex-education programs in the school curriculum.

Father Charanghat countered that a proper sex-education program would decrease the danger of violence against women. Such a program, he said, “has to be centered on the value of the body and on respect for every individual.” He reported that in the Bombay archdiocese, “we have promoted sex-education programs that teach you how sex is a gift of God, it is a participation in his own creative work.”

(See Phil Lawler’s comment on this news story.)

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  • Posted by: TheJournalist64 - Jan. 16, 2013 6:57 PM ET USA

    Rape is a crime of violence; it is confused with sexual desire because the same area of the brain is involved in both. Sex education, then, will have little effect on future rapists, except maybe to give them ideas earlier.

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