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Teachers need more training to deal with problematic sexual behaviour

The Sydney Morning Herald August 6 2017 Alexander Smith

Children as young as five are displaying worrying sexual behaviour at school, prompting concerns that teachers are ill-equipped to differentiate between whether students are victims of sexual abuse or are imitating what they see in music videos or internet advertising, new research reveals.  Read full article here.

Kiwi women share personal stories of their sex education

Stuff Laura Baker July 19 2017

OPINION: I vividly remember a tampon flying past my face, as the boys in my primary school class threw handfuls of them across the room like darts.

Earlier on in the health lesson our teacher handed out sanitary products to each student and encouraged us to familiarise ourselves with them.

I sat there awkwardly as I learnt two things that day: Firstly tampons are impressively aerodynamic. Secondly, sanitary pads have great stickability and will stay firmly stuck to a ceiling for a number of days.

An interesting article.  Read more here.

Young Australians’ use of pornography and associations with sexual risk behaviours

REPORT: Young Australians’ Use of Pornography, M. Lim

 Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health 6/29/2017

Authors:  Megan S.C.Lim, Paul A.Agius, Elise R. Carrotte, Alyce M. Vella,

Margaret E. Hellard

Pornography use may be a public health concern. The rapid growth of the internet, smartphones and social media among young Australians means
that pornography use is common and the average age at first pornography exposure has declined in recent years. Reports from the early and mid-2000s showed that
rates of lifetime exposure to pornography were 73–93% for adolescent boys and 11–62% for adolescent girls in Australia. Qualitative research indicates that many young Australians believe pornography use is ubiquitous among their peers, despite laws prohibiting people under 18 years of age viewing pornography.

Read report here.

Also interesting is the interview by

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Explainer: what are ‘creepshots’ and what can we do about them?

The Conversation, Dr Andrea Waling, 14/07/2017

The “creepshot” is the latest trend concerning the non-consensual image-sharing of women.

A creepshot – a photo taken discreetly of women in public by men – is provoking questions concerning rights to privacy in public, and ethical concerns about technology and bodily autonomy.

 

I think you will find this a very interesting read.  Full article here.

GHC worker strives to lift stigma of sexual diversity

Sault This Week Ali Pearson, July 11, 2017

She’s a healthy sexuality worker for the HIV/ AIDS Resource Program at the Group Health Centre.

The program reaches out to high-risk individuals, family and friends. Jolie delves into topics honestly and effectively.

This is an interesting read.  Find the full article here.

Where sex education fails queer students in Australia

Matthew Wade April 3, 2017 Star Observer

SEX education is accessible for many young people in Australia.

Whether it’s via a condom and a banana in the classroom, an uncomfortable but necessary conversation between a parent and their child, or posted as a photo series on Tumblr, young people are generally taught about reproductive and heteronormative sex as part of their adolescence.

However, for queer youth this education is often neglected, if present at all.

 

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Sexually Transmitted Diseases: Your Extensive Guide

Jenny Haward HuffPost Australia 17/2/2017
Sexually Transmitted Diseases: Your Extensive Guide
What they look like, plus how to treat (and avoid) them.

Includes video.

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Disability services promote sexual education for people with physical, intellectual disabilities

Chris McLoughlin,  ABC NEWS 5 June 2016

The sexual development of people with a physical or intellectual disability is being freed of its taboo status with disability services prepared to embrace the subject for their clients’ benefit.   Read full article.

Australia-first strategy to tackle sexual health revealed

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Brisbane Times  December 1, 2016 Felicity Caldwell

Queensland’s sexual health strategy will expand implementation of the Australian curriculum for students from Prep to Year 10 to promote sexual and reproductive health education.

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Disability services promote sexual education for people with physical, intellectual disabilities

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ABC News, By Chris McLoughlin Sunday, June 5, 2016

The sexual development of people with a physical or intellectual disability is being freed of its taboo status with disability services prepared to embrace the subject for their clients’ benefit.

Read full article.