Child experts told MPs that children in nursery classes should be taught about sex to help stop them being molested.The Women and Equalities Committee also heard worrying stats about the level of sexual harassment in schools – and discovered that children as young as five are forming harmful views on sex from pornography.
Dr Fiona Vera-Gray, an expert in sexual violence prevention with young people, told the enquiry: “Some parents are going to be sexually abusing their children and sometimes that’s going to be happening within the family unit, outside of school. So we need to start talking to the kids as soon as we can when they’re very young, to give them the spaces to start talking about what they may be experiencing outside of school.”
Data published in September 2015 showed that 5,500 sexual offences were recorded in UK schools over a three year period, including 600 rapes. Lynette Smith of Big Talk Education, a company which teaches young people about sex and relationships, says it is never too early to educate kids about the issues. She said: “The way we approach it is, if a child is old enough to be abused it’s old enough to be educated.”