Sexual health education in Ireland not just outdated but ‘often inaccurate’, study finds

Young People today HAVE been explained to by lecturers that persons really don’t typically get pregnant from rape and that they could get pregnant by touching a door take care of with semen on it, in accordance to a new research.  

The examine carried out by Prepare International Ireland’s Youth Advisory Panel (YAP) uncovered that 85% of youthful people have been exposed to misinformation about sexual wellness. 

Much more than 500 men and women aged in between 15 and 24-years-previous were being surveyed for the examine ‘KnoWhere To Go: Navigating sexual & reproductive wellness misinformation in faculty and on the web in Ireland’.

The review identified that fewer than 1% of young people would glance to their faculty for further more information on sexual overall health, that 59% of youthful individuals have encountered misinformation on birth command and contraception whilst a further 61% encountered misinformation about LGBTI+determined. 

A single respondent informed the study: “My Trainer told me people today did not typically get pregnant from rape, something about not conceiving if your human body goes via trauma.”

One more reported: “So quite a few ladies I know were being unaware that they had been sexually assaulted due to misinformation bordering consent.”

The examine observed that just about 50 % (46%) of youthful persons had been misinformed by way of online resources, social media and pornography, 29% by colleges and 25% as a result of good friends or household. 

Two-thirds of individuals surveyed reported they bought most of their information about consent from the world wide web or social media.

“While the provision of sexual wellbeing education in Eire has usually been described as out-of-date, this investigation demonstrates that the details college students are obtaining in faculties is not only absent, but when it is delivered it is typically inaccurate,” the survey states.

“The results of misinformation on sexual overall health can be diversified, from basically being confused about your have entire body or id, to unintended pregnancies or STIs as a final result of ineffective contraceptive use,” it observed. 

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“However, when requested if they had any examples about encountering misinformation or struggling unfavorable effects from it there was a shockingly significant quantity of men and women who mentioned they were being unaware they experienced been sexually assaulted thanks to a misunderstanding all-around consent.”

The YAP has produced a selection of tips arising from the analyze like the improvement of a peer-led sexual wellbeing education and learning programme to be introduced in each secondary faculty. 

It also calls for an on the net useful resource to be produced to “present factual, age-suitable details on sexual health and fitness, developed in consultation with young men and women and reliable partners” as properly as thorough electronic media literacy programmes. 

The YAP has referred to as for relationships and sexuality training curriculum to be reformed in line with global finest practice.

The report and its suggestions ended up introduced to the Taoiseach’s business yesterday as part of an Worldwide Working day of the Woman.