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In an analysis to this question we shall begin by looking into previous research and recent statistics regarding the purpose status and effects of sex education both in the school and in the home The aim of this report is to explore how sex education seems to be failing in our society Sex education can be defined as the process of acquiring information and forming attitudes and beliefs about sex sexual identity relationships and intimacy It is also about developing young peoples skills so that they make informed choices about their behaviour and feel confident and competent about acting on these choices It is widely accepted that young people have a right to sex education partly because it is a means by which they are helped to protect themselves against abuse exploitation unintended pregnancies sexually transmitted diseases and AIDS On the topic of abuse and sexual assault we may say that statistics show that adolescents who are not provided education on these topics were less likely to report such matters to authorities We have also learned that they are far more likely to become victims of assault or sexual abuse by not having learned ways to avoid such situations Since acquired immune deficiency syndrome AIDS was first reported with great surprise and fear in 1981 it has influenced our society greatly Schools as a result had to reconsider the sex education curriculum that had been practiced so far and given a new mission which was to prevent AIDS However as shown by various statistics shown in this report the current sex education at schools in spite of their much effort does not work Previous research suggest that adolescents themselves rate sex education as one of their most important educational needs We may say that sex education has two main purposes namely prevention of sexually transmitted diseases and prevention or preparation of pregnancy Even though pregnancy in general is natural
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