MK Amram Mitzna (Hatnua) called on the Education Ministry on Monday to place an
educational figure in every school to address student queries and
The Education, Culture and Sports committee chair made these
remarks during a Knesset committee discussion on the importance of sexual
education in schools, in the wake of the recent youth sex scandals, including
the alleged gang rape of a 12-year-old girl.
MK Yifat Kariv (Yesh Atid),
who initiated the discussion, referred to the recent tragic rape, and youth
murder events, dominating headlines in the past few weeks, and questioned what
was happening to Israeli society.
“According to research, most of the
youth derive their sexual information from pornographic web sites, which display
a distorted view of sex.
“From sexual relations just sex remains, without
Where is the place of the education system in the
education of our children?” asked Kariv.
Hila Segal, a representative of
the Education Ministry for sexual education, explained to the committee that all
educational consultants are required to study the issue of sex education, and
that furthermore, the Education Ministry employs counselor and psychologist
experts to deal with sexual violence and youth issues.
MK Michal Rozin
(Meretz) responded to Segal and said that when it comes to results “we are
failing, plain and simple.”
“When a campaign comes out telling the girl
to watch out for your cup, so that nobody puts a date rape drug in it, it is
placing responsibility on the victim and this is wrong. Society still places
blame on the victim. There needs to be an address in every school, that after an
event, someone goes into each classroom to address the issues,” said
The committee also asked to hear the opinions of students
regarding their sexual education, and 17.5-year-old, Yosi Dahan, a 12th grader
from Hod Hasharon candidly addressed the committee.
“Sex education and
sex are very delicate topics and it is difficult to speak about this with just
anyone. When we have classes, teachers don’t address the proper issues. If I
want to talk about sex-ed who do I turn to? I have nobody to talk to and consult
on this issue.” said Dahan.
“There needs to be someone whose role it is,
someone you can turn to, to talk to about sex, and whose door will always be
open and will keep your secrets,” said Dahan.
Mitzna summed up the
committee debate and said that the discussion in the Knesset represented a
“small indication of what is brewing beneath the surface,” and said the
government must develop new tools to deal with this new reality.
further called on the Education Ministry to adopt two new policies: the
establishment of a professional educational figure in each institution to
address student, parent and teacher inquiries and provide a link between the
school and the Ministry; and to create an instantaneously transferable
informative database for educators, with training material and means to deal
with questions that arise from students when exceptional cases arise in the
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