Rethink Sexual Education in OPS

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5 years ago
I am signing because solid God given moral values must be maintained in our society, especially our schools...If you teach and educate an anything goes, free for all moral society..That is exactly what you will get, utter chaos...I AM OUTRAGED

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Anita Kanitz
5 years ago

"The kind people treat you, shows you what kind of people they are!"
-Anita Kanitz

“If anyone makes you feel less than you are, for the color of you skin, for where you come from, for the gender of the person you love, for the religion you have faith in, stand up, speak up, roar. No silence till we are equal.”
― Thisuri Wanniarachchi, COLOMBO STREETS

"As women, we must stand up for ourselves. We must stand up for each other. We must stand up for justice for all."
-Michelle Obama

"One of the lessons that I grew up with was to always stay true to yourself and never let what somebody else says distract you from your goals. "
-Michelle Obama

We must educate men and boys worldwide, to respect women and girls and not rape, torture, kill and hate women and girls, because women and girls are the future of humankind and every day they bear children under pain and danger. Without women and girls there is no life, love and peace on earth.

Fast facts: statistics on violence against women and girls

Between 15 and 76 percent of women are targeted for physical and/or sexual violence in their lifetime, according to the available country data. Most of this violence takes place within intimate relationships, with many women (ranging from 9 to 70 percent) reporting their husbands or partners as the perpetrator. Across the 28 States of the European Union, a little over one in five women has experienced physical and/or sexual violence from a partner (European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, 2014).

In Guatemala, two women are murdered, on average, each day.

In India, 8,093 cases of dowry-related death were reported in 2007; an unknown number of murders of women and young girls were falsely labeled ‘suicides’ or ‘accidents’.

In Australia, Canada, Israel, South Africa and the United States, between 40 and 70 percent of female murder victims were killed by their intimate partners.

In the State of Chihuahua, Mexico, 66 percent of murders of women were committed by husbands, boyfriends or other family members.

Violence and Young Women

Worldwide, up to 50 percent of sexual assaults are committed against girls under 16.

An estimated 150 million girls under the age of 18 suffered some form of sexual violence in 2002 alone.

The first sexual experience of some 30 percent of women was forced. The percentage is even higher among those who were under 15 at the time of their sexual initiation, with up to 45 percent reporting that the experience was forced.

Harmful Practices

Approximately 130 million girls and women in the world have experienced female genital mutilation/cutting, with more than 3 million girls in Africa annually at risk of the practice.

Over 60 million girls worldwide are child brides, married before the age of 18, primarily in South Asia (31.3 million) and sub-Saharan Africa (14.1 million). Violence and abuse characterize married life for many of these girls. Women who marry early are more likely to be beaten or threatened, and more likely to believe that a husband might sometimes be justified in beating his wife.


Women and girls are 80 percent of the estimated 800,000 people trafficked across national borders annually, with the majority (79 percent) trafficked for sexual exploitation. Within countries, many more women and girls are trafficked, often for purposes of sexual exploitation or domestic servitude.

One study in Europe found that 60 percent of trafficked women had experienced physical and/or sexual violence before being trafficked, pointing to gender-based violence as a push factor in the trafficking of women.

Sexual Harassment

Between 40 and 50 percent of women in European Union countries experience unwanted sexual advances, physical contact or other forms of sexual harassment at work.

Across Asia, studies in Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines and South Korea show that 30 to 40 percent of women suffer workplace sexual harassment.

In Nairobi, 20 percent of women have been sexually harassed at work or school.

In the United States, 83 percent of girls aged 12 to 16 experienced some form of sexual harassment in public schools.

Rape in the context of Conflict

Conservative estimates suggest that 20,000 to 50,000 women were raped during the 1992-1995 war in Bosnia and Herzegovina, while approximately 250,000 to 500,000 women and girls were targeted in the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

Between 50,000 and 64,000 women in camps for internally displaced people in Sierra Leone were sexually assaulted by combatants between 1991 and 2001.

In eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, at least 200,000 cases of sexual violence, mostly involving women and girls, have been documented since 1996: the actual numbers are believed to be far higher.

(The Facts: Violence Against Women & Millennium Development Goals (compiled by UNIFEM, 2010).

Demographic and Health Survey Domestic Violence Module. Country data available in English, search for DHS “Final Reports” and topic “Domestic Violence”.

The International Violence against Women Surveys publication and country-level data, available for purchase from Springer.

The World Health Organization (WHO) Multi-country Study on Women’s Health and Domestic Violence against Women Study and Fact Sheets.

The Secretary-General’s Database on Violence against Women and Girls (go to “Advanced Search” and filter for Research and Statistical Data)

The Tools Section of the Virtual Knowledge Centre to End Violence against Women and Girls (filter for data/surveys and country reports) for additional reports.

See also Violence against Women Prevalence Data: Surveys by Country (compiled by UN Women, 2012 update), which presents data available for 99 countries on the prevalence of physical and sexual violence against women, forced sexual initiation and abuse during pregnancy, mainly drawn from leading international surveys: Demographic and Health Surveys, Reproductive Health Surveys, Violence Against Women Surveys and the World Health Organization Multi-Country Study. Available in English, French, and Spanish. Previous compilation of 86 countries from 2011 available in English, French and Spanish.

With recent outrage in Argentina over the brutal murder of 14-year-old Chiara Paez, the conversation about femicide has been reignited in mainstream media.

The young girl was allegedly beaten and killed by her boyfriend during a supposed dispute over her pregnancy. This case brings to light the overwhelming violence brought against women throughout much of the world.

This violence against women, the killing and maiming of women solely because of their gender, has been coined femicide.

It's important to distinguish femicide from homicide, as most research conducted in countries with high rates of femicide don't consider them as such.

Femicide is the sexist violence against women because of a patriarchal system that believes in the inferiority of women themselves.

It's a crime that discriminates. It is not just the murder of women, but the murder of women because they are women. In many cultures and societies, this violence has long been accepted and encouraged.

And even now, when many countries have created laws against femicide, this violence is still all-consuming.

There are many different forms of femicide, but they all involve the beating, mutilating, torturing or killing of women and girls because of the fact they are women.

In much of the world, women are seen more as objects, instead of people with equal power and representation in their societies. Because of this, the beating and killing of women is allowed, looked over or even encouraged.

The different forms of femicide include honor killings, dowry killings, intimate femicide, non-intimate femicide, genital mutilation, infanticide, sex trafficking and many others.

It's important to stay informed on matters such as these, and the first step to doing so is understanding these issues, where these killings are most committed and how to put an end to it.

Here's a list of five countries where femicide is most prevalent in the world today.

The murder of Chiara Paez outraged the country of Argentina, and sent thousands of people into the streets to protest.

Stories of other women killed or beaten because of getting pregnant, having sex or other reasons connected to their gender, flooded the media.

It sparked protests that began in Buenos Aires, but spread through Chile, Uruguay and up to Miami, FL. According to La Casa Del Encuentro, 31 women are killed every hour in Argentina, and 1,800 women have been killed since 2008.

Argentina has one of the biggest problems with femicide, and these protests are hopefully going to bring about justice.
El Salvador

According to the Small Arms Survey, El Salvador is the country with the highest femicide rate.

And while femicide is considered a criminal act in El Salvador, fewer than 3 percent of these cases are taken to court. Most of these killings fall under the intimate femicide category: acts commited against women by their partners or family members.

And, most of these acts are due to the woman having sex before marriage, having sex outside of marriage or being raped.

The cases of femicide have only increased, averaging to about 600 cases in 2011. The numbers aren't decreasing.

The type of femicide most prevalent in India is dowry killing, or the killing of a woman by her partner or members of her partner's family, because she wasn't able to bring a big enough dowry into the family.

Then there is the killing of young girls, simply because they are not boys. This killing is also known as infanticide, and according to studies, 21 percent of girls between the ages of 1 to 5 won't see their sixth birthday.

And, infant girls are 50 percent more likely to die than boys before their first birthday. In many cases, girls grow up to become victims of more domestic violence than their male counterparts.

This abuse is a result of deliberate neglect by the family for the simple fact that they are female and have “less to offer” than men.

In Honduras, femicide is also widely committed. And while intimate femicide is a large problem, an even bigger problem facing the country is the high rate of child sex trafficking.

In Honduras, many young girls are forced into becoming sex workers. Young girls suffer large amounts of child abuse, and the country has no way of protecting them, even though child protection laws exist.

Many of these children need shelters and need the government to enforce these laws, but the children are left unprotected.

In many cases, they are killed. Extrajudicial killings (illegal killings sponsored by the government) of young children, especially young girls, has risen from 447 in 2009 to 1,068 in 2011.

Femicide is considered the second leading killer of women in Honduras. Honduras ranks third on the Small Arms Survey, in terms of highest rates of femicide, and these sexist killings are going unreported and unresolved.

Mexico is another country where the sexist killing of women is an issue that has gained major attention recently with stories of women like Rosa Diana, Dulce Cristina Payan and Barbara Reyes.

According to the National Citizen Female Observatory, six women are killed due to their gender every day.

The murder and mutilation of women has been on the rise since the 90s, and it's only getting worse.

Women are often found dead after having had their breasts cut off and/or their bodies brutally, sexually abused.

Most of the perpetrators are husbands, boyfriends or family members.

And, the biggest problem facing the country in regard to these horrific crimes is the lack of government intervention on behalf of these women.

Between 2012 and 2013, only 24 percent of femicides were investigated. Of those, only 1.6 percent came to a conclusion with someone arrested and sentenced.

There is too much violence in Mexico and not enough government aid, and because of this too many women are killed without remorse.

This is just a small sample of the countries where femicide is a nationwide pandemic. Some others include South Africa, Guatemala, Columbia, Brazil and the Russian Federation.

Femicide happens in Europe too, for example in Italy:

At least 58 women in Italy have been killed by a partner or ex-lover so far in 2016, and more than 155 have died this way since January 2015, prompting anti-gender violence campaigners to urge the government to commit more resources to tackling the problem.
In the past week, a girl in Pordenone in northern Italy was shot dead by her ex-boyfriend before he turned the gun on himself, and on Thursday a 46-year-old teacher in the northern town of Pastrengo was killed by her ex-partner who stabbed her and hit her in the head with a vase as he told police he "lost it for an instant", ANSA sources said.
These two recent cases are the latest in a series of "femicides" or killing of women that is often linked to gender-based violence and commonly involves spurned former partners. The phenomenon has prompted many Italian women to hang red blankets from their windows in protest.
Another widely reported case was of the 22-year-old Sara Di Pietrantonio, a Rome university student who was strangled and then set on fire by her ex-boyfriend, Vincenzo Paduano, who was unable to accept that she had a new relationship and had threatened and stalked her for weeks before he killed her.
The Telefono Rosa association that helps victims of violence also pointed to figures that show 8,856 women have reported facing violence since January 2015, and 1,261 have faced stalking. They said that was just the tip of the iceberg considering that about 90% of women do not report this sort of violence.
The association said the government needed to do more to fight the issue to avoid more deaths.
"How many more need to die before the government realises that economic resources, means and efforts to fight gender violence are completely insufficient?" Telefono Rosa President Gabriella Moscatelli said.
"How many women, girls, mothers, daughters, sisters and friends do we have to see massacred by ex partners that have become monsters and assassins, before decisions are made to put in place active policies that are appropriate for tackling the enormous social problem of violence against women?" she said.

These countries report severely high levels of violence against women, with little to no policies protecting them, or the ability to enforce the laws that do exist. But, even the numbers we have don't necessarily show the truth.

Most of these statistics are grossly inaccurate. These countries don't accurately report the number of victims, due to lack of awareness or general disbelief in the illegality of femicide itself.

This violence can't continue, and it is our responsibility to do everything we possibly can to end these careless murders.

What can be done? The World Health Organization has some ideas.

For starters, it's important that better information be taken down in relation to these heinous crimes. More effective records need to be kept based on the newly evolving, legal definition of femicide.

Femicide as a criminal act has already been incorporated into legislation in many countries, such as Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala and Mexico.

These are some of the countries with the highest rates of femicide, but unfortunately, in most of these countries, the laws prove useless in prevention.

They are only effectively enforced when women are killed, and even then, the subjectivity that surrounds the term makes it harder to win a conviction.

There also needs to be more effective sensitivity training for police and health workers.

They need to know what to look for; they need to be able to see growing signs of violence before they lead to death.

There need to be stricter gun laws, as many of these women were killed as a result of gun violence. When a gun was introduced into the home, women were three times more likely to be killed by it.

In countries with the highest rates of homicide, over 60 percent of the women killed were killed using guns.

But, most importantly, what we can all do right now as we read this article is raise and strengthen awareness.

This is a problem most people aren't quite aware of.

Femicide is a term not many people fully comprehend, but it's important we learn more about this term, this violence and the women and children who suffer because of a patriarchal system that degrades women.

The more people who know about it, the more people can stand up, have a voice and fight for the rights and the safety of these women.

That's the most important thing of all.

A heinous hate crime: FGM, the reason of many deaths of female childs, women, girls.
About 100 million to 140 million girls and women worldwide have undergone female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) and more than 3 million girls are
at risk for cutting each year on the African continent alone.
FGM/C is generally performed on girls between ages 4 and 12, although it is practiced in some cultures as early as a few days after birth or as late as just prior to marriage. Typically, traditional excisors have carried out the procedure, but recently a discouraging trend has emerged in some countries where medical professionals are increasingly performing the procedure.
FGM/C poses serious physical and mental health risks for women and young girls, especially for women who have undergone extreme forms of the procedure (see Box 2 for types of cutting).
According to a 2006 WHO study, FGM/C can be linked to increased complications in childbirth and even maternal deaths. Other side effects include severe pain, hemorrhage, tetanus, infection, infertility, cysts and abscesses, urinary incontinence, great pain during intercourse and childbirths and psychological and sexual FGM/C is practiced in at least 28 countries in Africa and a few others in Asia and the Middle East.
The 27 developing countries included on this chart are the only ones where data have been systematically collected at this time. FGM/C is practiced at all educational levels and in all social classes and occurs among many religious groups (Muslims, Christians, and animists), although no religion mandates it. Prevalence rates vary significantly from country to country (from nearly 98 percent in Somalia to less than 1 percent in Uganda) and even within countries.
Since the early 1990s, FGM/C has gained recognition as a health and human rights issue among African governments, the international community, women’s organizations, and professional associations. Global and national efforts to end FGM/C have supported legislation targeting excisors, medical professionals, and families who perpetuate the practice, but political will and implementation remain an issue.
Some of the data that have been collected in recent years give hope to those working toward the abandonment of FGM/C as they reflect lower levels of cutting among girls ages 15 to 19.

We must stop these heinous patriarchal crime against women, girls and female childs, babies.

Schocking rape and murder of a little girl in Saudi-Arabia,2013:

A father, the iman Fayhan al Ghamdi, raped, tortured, and murdered his 5 year old daughter, justifying his actions by claiming he did not believe she was a virgin (remember, she was 5 years old). He crushed her skull and broke her back while raping her. During the rape he ripped her anus and then attempted to burn it shut, all while she was still living. I cannot imagine a more deplorable act and one more worthy of severe punishment, But I cannot hear anything about the punishment of the heinous culprit. In Muslim countries these cases are very often.

We must end forever these crimes on women, girls and children. They were tortured, raped, humilated and murdered for only one reason, because they are female and men hate them.

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Melissa Howard
5 years ago
I'm concerned about what this program will teach my children - it does not reflect my family's values.

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Catherine Steinbock
6 years ago
CSE sickens me and I will do ehatever I csn to protect the children.

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Diane Gentrup
6 years ago
We need to provide good authentic moral education and not succumb to the pressures of society that accepts everything whether good or evil. By letting Planned Parenthood take over the responsibility of the parents, you as a district are an accomplice in promoting abortion, birth control and other evil acts. None of these things will provide peace or love to the children that are entrusted in your care. Be strong and do what is right and good!

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Christopher Hoff
6 years ago
Removing the parents from such a fundamental piece of the picture not only strips them of their special role in and rights to educate their children in such a fundamentally important aspect of human life, it also causes family division that will prevent parents from raising their children to be healthy, productive members of society, safeguarding its good. Placing the burden of this area of education solely on the teacher of your child's class takes away from the one-on-one quality that a parent can provide in helping his or her children to understand and avoid the negative consequences of misused sexuality, which have the power to alter their entire life.

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Patty Kolega
6 years ago
For the souls of our children, God help us.

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Barbara Gard
6 years ago
The curriculum that HGD is pushing will increase STD's and destroy the moral values parents work so hard to instill in their children.

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Tim Silke
6 years ago
I am signing because I do NOT believe any child should receive comprehensive sexual health education.

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Karla Mahoney
6 years ago
I hold Christian values in every aspect of my children's lives. This teaching conflicts with Biblical values and I believe will be harmful and destructive to the next generation if taught. I am not concerned with my own children, for I am confident in the values they have learned at home. I am deeply concerned for this nation and the next generation. If we open this door and allow this sex education to enter and train up our youth with this curriculum mindset, we will have a very lost, lonely and confused generation.