Sex Education And Sexual Abuse In Pakistan

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Sex education is a very provocative subject in Pakistan and saying the word ‘sex’ out loud in public activates the moral brigade in our society. It is considered one of the taboo topics in our country where many people fail to comprehend that knowledge is power. In recent years, Pakistan has experienced numerous incidents of sexual harassment such as the zainab rape case and is among the most vulnerable nations that are subjected to sexual health problems and child sexual abuse worldwide. Although the cultural and religious norms of Pakistani society do not support the discussion of such a sensitive topic on public forums this explicitly however it is imperative to make sex education a vital part of our school curriculum because it will play a dynamic role in curbing the incidence of sexual abuse(1), children can gain more knowledge about sexually transmitted diseases and teenage pregnancies(2) and can understand the physical and emotional changes and hormonal surges that their body experiences from the right legitimate source.(3) According the an American survey between years 2009-2013, Child Protective Services organizations authenticated that, 63,000 children a year were targets of sexual abuse.( Child Maltreatment Survey, 2013) Children in Pakistan have been a victim of sexual abuse on a major scale, and according to the report of an NGO,

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