On November 20, International Rights of Children Day, Rael, spiritual leader of the Raelian Movement, will launch the first Sex Education Day to promote early sexual education of children as recommended by experts in the 2009 UNESCO report on early sex education, according to a statement released today by the International Raelian Movement (IRM).
“Rael has repeatedly expressed his support for the unabridged UNESCO report,” said Clemence Linard, Raelian Guide and spokesperson for Sex Education Day. He was disappointed when the original UNESCO report, based on more than 80 scientific studies, was heavily edited and toned down. Unfortunately, there was active lobbying against the unabridged report by organizations like FamilyWatch that have strong ties to Christian churches.”An important tenet of Raelian philosophy stresses the importance of removing guilt associated with sexual pleasure.
“Experts on sexual education also recognize the importance of removing such guilt, and only they should decide what content will contribute best to children’s healthy development at the right age and for the rest of their lives,” Linard said. “Parents’ religious beliefs should no more interfere with the content of sexual education than they do with the content of math education.”
The IRM is planning worldwide actions to promote UNESCO’s 2009 sex education guidelines, according to Linard.
“We’re requesting that the original UNESCO report be re-edited,” she said. “The unabridged version recommended explaining masturbation to children at age 5 to 8, and we want that recommendation and others reinserted.”
“This scientific, accurate [UNESCO 2009] report expresses the exact values taught by the Raelian Movement philosophy,” Rael said in an earlier IRM statement. “These wonderful, scientific recommendations are perfectly in line with the Raelian teachings as shared by the [extraterrestrial] scientists who created us.”