The odds of young people learning about safe, equal and enjoyable relationships through school SRE are no different to the toss of a coin. Over half (53%) of the young people we surveyed did not learn how to recognise grooming for sexual exploitation and more than four in ten had not learned about healthy or abusive relationships.
I chose to be wide open about puberty and sex with her (and her big brother) right from the start. I first told them about it in simple terms when they were toddlers, revisiting, building on and widening their understanding over the years. Because I wanted them to see sex as a normal, natural, positive part of grown-up life. Not a dirty secret.
Marston concludes that there is an "urgent need for harm reduction efforts targeting anal sex to help encourage discussion about mutuality and consent, to reduce risky and painful techniques and to challenge views that normalise coercion". In a country where sex education is not statutory and sexual health services are being ruthlessly hacked? Don't hold your breath Dr. Marston.
The UK is shockingly behind other developed countries in terms of children's health outcomes, with five more children dying per day than in Sweden. So many health issues facing our children are preventable - yet the Government has just cut £200 million from public health spending and with it many of the resources we need to educate children about their health.
Sex and relationship education is for now and fertility education is for the future. Conception and contraception are two sides of the same coin. We need to empower our young people with education on fertility, so that they can stand a better chance of falling pregnant when they choose to. Education empowers.