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Sex education is the need of the hour

Dhastagir Sheriff

DOI: 10.20529/IJME.2014.071


An editorial in the IJME on sexual assault and the ethical responsibility of health professionals in this context draws our attention to the need to understand and provide solutions to the problem of aberrant sexual behaviours in our society. News items about the prevalence of sexual abuse of children by priests in church and such like, and the risk faced by children in such unexpected venues of sexual exploitation point to the need for education. Yet, there is no consensus regarding the inclusion of sex education in school curricula or the method of providing unambiguous sex education, particularly to adolescents. Incidents of the sort mentioned above call into question certain values, such as celibacy, and it appears that any moral principle which goes against human nature fails.

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