ACC eyes sex ed campaign

Last updated 10:38 15/03/2014

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ACC is stepping boldly into the minefield of sex education, amid claims that schools are failing to teach teenagers the meaning of "no".

The national accident insurer received 4800 sexual violence claims last year and spent about $44 million treating the victims. Hundreds were from children under 14.

In an effort to reduce sexual violence - and the big compensation bill that comes with claims - ACC wants to fund "healthy relationship" programmes in a handful of secondary schools, with a view to introducing them nationwide.

Rape Prevention Education executive director Kim McGregor said there were "huge gaps" in high school sex education.

Many teenagers displayed a shocking ignorance about sexual violence, and even blamed the victims, she said.

"Most of them don't know there is such a thing as consent. There is just an assumption that you have to take part in sex."

ACC Minister Judith Collins said sexual violence led to mental health problems, poverty, addiction and suicide.

"Encouraging a culture of respect is one of the most effective ways we can help to prevent sexual and dating violence." Fairfax NZ

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