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SEX EDUCATION

Sex box for kids sparks call to action

Politicians from different parties have joined forces for an initiative aimed at preventing children under the age of nine from receiving sex education just months after the use of educational "sex boxes" sparked uproar in Basel.  

Sex box for kids sparks call to action

“Increasingly, our children are being molested in kindergartens and primary schools with pornography and sex education,” a committee of parents and civic leaders told newspaper Neue Zürcher Zeitung.

The committee, made up in large part by members of the far-right Swiss People’s Party, launched the initiative on Tuesday to “protect against sexualization in kindergarten and primary schools”.

The proponents of the initiative no longer want children younger than nine to be taught any sex education at all, although certain education relating to child abuse would be permitted. From ages nine to twelve, the committee wants sex education to be non-compulsory so that families can choose to either opt in or out.

From age twelve onwards, the initiators say, children would receive education about sex and reproduction during biology lessons, which they argue is the proper place for such instruction.

The root of the initiative lies in the canton of Basel City, which came to media attention with reports of “sex boxes” being used as educational tools. The boxes contained various materials for teaching young children about sex, including wooden replicas of penises and fabric vaginas.

Benjamin Spüler of the Basel City Parents Committee believes such materials to be pornographic, he told news agency SDA. He says giving children such tuition when they are so young serves only to sexualize them at an unnecessarily early age.

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CHILD ABUSE

‘Jeckyl and Hyde’ paedophile gets eight years in prison

The 80-year-old husband of a child minder was handed the sentence by a Geneva court after being found guilty of sexually abusing two boys.

'Jeckyl and Hyde' paedophile gets eight years in prison
File photo: John Morgan/Flickr

Passing down the harsh sentence, judges said the man’s behaviour had been “despicable” and that the accused had inflicted “dreadful acts” upon the two boys.

During the trial, the court heard the man had abused one of the boys for two years, while a second child suffered abuse for a decade.

The accused was described as “an ogre who feasts on young flesh” by the boys’ lawyers and as a “Jekyll and Hyde” character by the mother of the boy abused for ten years.

The victim of a decade of abuse “would vomit on leaving the man’s house” and took to smoking cannabis “to escape reality”. He later made a suicide attempt.

The accused was jailed immediately after the court hearing with judges fearing he would reoffend.

During the trial he described himself as a “Father Christmas” style character who had been “too good” to the boys. He also said they had made up stories about him – accusations discounted by the court.

“I have never been a paedophile. I’ve done a lot for children,” the man was quoted as saying in Swiss daily Le Matin.

As part of the sentence handed down, the man’s victims will receive sums of 30,000 Swiss francs and 50,000 Swiss francs.