Condoms are meant to protect you. But instead they're creating quite the controversy. From being handed out to elementary school students to an anti-rape one being handed out at The World Cup.
Starting with the elementary school debate. A Massachusetts school district is going ahead with plans to hand out condoms to students without their parents consent or even being made aware that their child asked for one. The Provincetown School District voted unanimously, earlier this month, for a sex education policy allowing all children, as young as first grade, to talk to a counselor and get condoms without parental permission.
But this week, Governor Deval Patrick got involved, saying that sex education programs should be "age appropriate" and that "parents ought to be involved".
The president of the school board agreed to look over the policy and review it with the board. So how young is too young to be handing out condoms? Well according to 2006 statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 7% of teens said they had already had sex for by the time they were 13.
So what do our viewers think about this? Is it appropriate or crossing the line?
Eric Chavez: Better early than never!
six years old is way to young without parental involvement. safe sex or not, that is statutory rape.
Klmom1994: 5th gr sounds young & u wonder if it will "promote" the idea. But, I deal w/ a lot of preg 14-16 yos, so MS wud b better. People think other kids r like their kids, that they hv parents who r involved, but not true. Something needs to be done. Parents need 2 tell kids consequences & how it can "ruin" their lives (drgs, sex, drping out). They just do what parents did.
Now for the second condom debate. An anti-rape condom, Rape-aXe Female is being distributed as we speak at the World Cup.
Dr. Sonnet Ehlers, of Cape Town, South Africa, has spent the last 40 years developing what she refers to it as "the anti-rape condom". And since the World Cup, started 2 weeks ago, the condoms have been given out for free.
So how does an anti-rape condom work? Well, it's not really like a condom, it's more like a tampon. The woman inserts it the same way but the outside of it actually has "teeth". According to the doctor, if a man forces himself into a woman, while she has the device in place, it will hurt them. Supposedly, it doesn't actually break the skin. But they cannot remove it themselves and have to go to a doctor to get it taken off.
Dr. Ehlers, funded the entire project with her own money, even selling her house. Rape is a huge problem in South Africa, at least 28% of men have actually admitted to raping a woman. And in the last year one in 20 women says they have been raped.
So what do our 39 viewers think of this? And should it be handed out at the World Cup?
whoaDELAMEGL: I still dont get how someone is just going to wake up and say "hey, let me put my anti-rape condom on today"
TheRealKion_RNR: Who would really wear that anti rape condom?
Samishah: Anti-rape condom with teeth. We need to order thousands in Pakistan and distribute
h8dbosox: Free castration upon visit to doc to get the anti-rape condom off!!!! I can even get behind a govt health care program if that service is funded
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