Why the Safe Schools Coalition program is unsafe.
A program developed by Gay and Lesbian Health Victoria, at La Trobe University, is now being rolled out nationwide, buoyed by $8 million in federal funding. While the program is being promoted as an anti- bullying initiative, it is likely to be ineffective in that guise, and in addition introduces a covert sexual agenda.
In the first place, the Safe Schools Coalition program focuses on “same- sex attracted, intersex, and gender diverse young people”. However, studies have shown that less that 5% of bullying is related to these conditions. Indeed, the top three reasons kids are bullied in schools relate to body image, marks, and racial background—none of which are addressed by this program.
The federal government would be well advised to direct its funding instead to one of the well-established genuine anti-bullying resources, such as Ruler or CASSE.
Second, the program encourages children who are struggling with questions about sexual attraction or gender to self-identify as gay and/or transgender. Teachers are instructed to allow children to use opposite-sex bathrooms, if they are more comfortable doing so. However, studies have shown that the majority of teenagers with same-sex attraction become opposite-sex attracted as adults. Likewise gender confusion in children is common, and does not necessarily lead to identifying as transgender as adults.
Children wrestling with gender confusion should be helped to negotiate their passage to adulthood, not have their questions enshrined into self-fulfilling prophecies
Furthermore, gender dysphoria is a serious (and rare) condition, which is usually associated with other emotional and psychological problems. Children wrestling with gender confusion should be helped to negotiate their passage to adulthood, not have their questions enshrined into self-fulfilling prophecies.
Finally, and perhaps most concerning, the Safe Schools Coalition program sexualises children and encourages them toward sexual experimentation. The program encourages children to graphic discussion of sexual activities, with no lower age limit. Some of the resources provided by the program teach children how to “cover their tracks”, so that their parents will not discover their web browsing histories. During one presentation in Victoria, where the program was first introduced, children were told that if they wanted to know if they were gay they should “try it” and see if they liked it.
The Safe Schools Coalition program is in fact thinly-disguised sexual propaganda, aiming to further normalise deviant behaviours, and to remove any of the natural aversions children feel toward them. Christian parents need to make their voices heard to oppose this noxious program which aims to undermine the innocence of our children.
David Sandifer is NSW and ACT Director of FamilyVoice Australia
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