CAMPAIGN AGAINST  CHILD SEX EXPLOITATION AND TRAFFICKING

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Tuesday, 24 October 2017 02:22

Sex Education in Soc Trang

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It was a beautiful day in September....Everybody was dripping in sweat from the heat in Soc Trang. I couldn't help but feel a twinge of pity for the students, sitting in the stuffy hall, listening to the teachers lecture on sex education. One couldn't tell if everyone was red from blushing at this usually taboo topic, or if they were just red from the sweltering heat.

It's a pretty well known fact that kids out in the rural areas don't learn much -- if anything at all -- about sex education, or any kind of skills or defense to protect themselves from child sex abuse. They, like any other child around the world, had the right and deserved to be educated on these matters that would otherwise be swept under the rug.

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We borrowed all our necessities from the Women's Union down in the area. A motorbike, speakers, laptops, banners. We were in such a rush that we forgot to apply our sunscreen and we arrived there a few shades darker. But we weren't really concerned about this issue, the key was to focus on provided these children with the much needed education. 

One of our major concerns was to ensure all the children of these remote areas learn and appreciate the value of their bodies, and how to protect themselves from unwanted advances. I wondered how many children in that room had not been educated about sex, and the rights and responsibilities that came with it???? I knew the answer was, unfortunately, all of them.

H.M.

OBV VN

Sept 14, 2017

Translated by Jacqueline Huynh.  The original version in Vietnamese entitled "Nhật Ký Truyền Thông Sóc Trăng"

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