The Pakistani society is largely dominated by a sexually suppressive forces that out rightly rejects the idea of giving sex education. As a matter of fact, despite all the media and internet exposure, sex is still a taboo word and one cannot openly discuss matters pertaining to his sexuality.

The anti sex-education school of thought is of the view that sex-education will pose a threat to an otherwise “modest” cultural values of our religion and country and will make people more “open” to the idea of sex and sexual experiences. Unfortunately, despite all the deprivation, the society has miserably failed to eradicate rape crimes and sexual assaults.

In the recent times cases related to sexual assaults and child sexual abuse have increased rapidly. In 2015, one of the largest child sexual abuse scandals surfaced in Pakistan, where around 300 children were sexually assaulted and were used for child pornography.  According to a study conducted by the Sahil NGO, In 2016 alone, there have been 302 child rape cases, 271 gang rape cases, 453 sodomy and 268 gang sodomy cases. The victims in all these horrific incidents were minors.

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Most people attribute these statistics to the negative media exposure and readily available obscene content over the internet. However, practically speaking the media is here to stay and it is practically impossible to cut off the new generation from media and internet. It is therefore important for their own benefit that they are educated about sex.

One more thing people fail to understand is that sexuality has been there since the creation of man and he has been satisfying it ever since. The only difference is that previously it was hushed down which gave the perception of its non-existential nature but now media is splattering it everywhere. The need of the hour is to accept the fact and tackle with it instead of finding scapegoats.

Contrary to popular opinion, sex-education is a broad subject and covers many aspects related to sexuality and sexual experience that are not related to a particular age group. Deprivation from sex education has been creating negative impact on marital lives of married couples for many years.

Most married men and women in a typical Pakistani society are deprived from their true sexual rights just because of the myths they have been made to believe that have no scientific backing. Many women struggle with esteem issues because of the twisted standards of “virginity” being fed to them. Many couples do not know about different sexual positions they can try for an enhanced pleasure or safer contraceptive options for a better physical and sexual well being. Educating couples about sex and sexual experiences in a scientific manner can help addressing many issues that couples in our society face but are reluctant to talk about it.

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            Another very important aspect of sex education is to create awareness about safe sex practices. With risks of diseases such as AIDS and other STDs (Sexually Transmitted Diseases) increasing, it is extremely important that young adults are made aware about safe sex practices so that they are more equipped to keep themselves safe from the risks of STDs.

            The increasing cases of child sexual abuse are something that calls for an urgent need of sex education programs for children. Children are innocent and are therefore an easy prey for sexual assaulters. Since parents do not discuss matters related to physical privacy and sexuality with children, and attribute sexual terminologies with negative connotations, children do not know how to react when they are approached and attacked by pedophiles and they are often scared to speak up about their experiences with their parents.

As a result they struggle with psychological and sexual disorders for the rest of their lives. It is therefore very important that children are given age appropriate sexual awareness. Parents should talk to their kids about good touch and bad touch and should give them the confidence to be able to communicate if they feel someone has wronged them in any way.

It is true to some extent that the current state of media and information accessibility has lead to an increase in sexual frustration and a consequent increase in sex related problems and crimes. Unfortunately, with the technological advancements it is neither possible nor practical to stop the masses from accessing media and the internet. However, proper age appropriate sex education and awareness can help address these issues by making individuals better equipped to make informed decisions pertaining to sexual experiences.

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