Abstinence doesn’t work. So why are we telling teens to simply not sext?

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“Abstinence only” is a failed approach in sex education, so why is it being trotted out again when it comes to sexting?

A report by Yfoundations, a policy group that looks at issues affecting young people, suggests that attempts to scare teenagers about the risks of expressing sexuality online are likely to be ineffective.

While education about sex and technology varies from school to school in Australia, it’s too often focused on victim shaming, the report’s author Jessie Hunt, told Mashable.

She sees old, unhelpful messages remerging that reinforce the idea that women should expect men to violate their boundaries in digital spaces. Read more…

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