Date: 8/27/2009 9:18:45 AM
According to a report at FOX News, the United Nations is recommending that children as young as five receive mandatory sexual education which would teach them about topics such as gender violence and masturbation.
The U.N.'s Economic, Social and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) released a 98-page report in June offering a universal lesson plan for kids ranging in age from 5-18, an "informed approach to effective sex, relationships" and HIV education that they say is essential for "all young people."
The Report is entitled "International Guidelines for Sexuality Education" and separates children into four age groups: 5-to-8-year-olds, 9-to-12-year olds, 12-to-15-year-olds and 15-to-18-year-olds. Children in the 5-to-8-year-old group will be told that "touching and rubbing one's genitals is called masturbation" and that private parts "can feel pleasurable when touched by oneself."
Upon reaching 9 years of age, the children will learn about homophobia, transphobia, the abuse of power, and the positive and negative effects of aphrodisiacs. They will also learn that abortion is safe. At age 12, the children will learn the "reasons for abortion" and by age 15 will be exposed to direct "advocacy to promote the right to and access to safe abortion."
To read a copy of the report, click here.
The U.N. calls its program "age appropriate," but critics such as Michelle Turner, president of Citizens for a Responsible Curriculum, say the program is exposing kids to sex far too early and offers up abstract ideas that the children might not even understand.
"At that age they should be learning about ... the proper name of certain parts of their bodies," said Turner, "certainly not about masturbation." "Why can't kids be kids anymore?" she asks.