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article imageU.N. Report advocates teaching masturbation to 5-year-olds

By Andrew Moran     Aug 31, 2009 in World
A new United Nations 98-page report from June is promoting the act of masturbation to children as young as five-years-old in order to have an "informed approach to effective sex, relationships."
The U.N.'s Economic, Social and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) released a report that was conducted in June to advocate a universal plan that would teach children between the age of 5 and 18, the practice of masturbation in order to have an "informed approach to effective sex and relationships" and also part of an HIV education that is important "for all young people," according to a Fox News report.
However, some critics of this initiative believe this will encourage kids to have sex at an early age, "At that age they should be learning about ... the proper name of certain parts of their bodies. Certainly not masturbation," said Michelle Turner, president of Citizens for a Responsible Curriculum. The UN insists the program is age appropriate.
Under the UN's sex-education program, kids between 5 and 8 are told, "touching and rubbing one's genitals is called masturbation and can feel pleasurable when touched by oneself."
At the age of 12, children are taught the reasons and procedures for abortions.
Child experts like Dr. Jennifer Hartstein, a child psychiatrist in New York, believe that it is fine to educate children about abortions as long as it is age-appropriate, "I want to know how you teach that to a 5-year-old."
In responses to those assertions made, the UN says, "In a world affected by HIV and AIDS ... there is an imperative to give children and young people the knowledge, skills and values to understand and make informed decisions."
Mark Richmond, Director of UNESCO's Division for the Coordination of U.N. Priorities in Education, defends this new initiative because, according to Richmond, children are curious about their body and their lessons would "develop a more complex understanding of sexual behaviour."
Turner pegs the question, "Why can't kids be kids anymore?"
The entire report can be viewed here (opens in PDF).
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