What is the Breaking Down Barriers Programme?
We Object to the Breaking Down Barriers Programme being made mandatory in Catholic Schools.
Refer to our letter to Catholic parents on what we object to, why we object to it, what can Catholic parents do about it.
Update on 27 Dec 2011:
Yahoo! News reports “A new focus on sexual abstinence” Read the full article
Update on 26 Dec 2011:
The New Paper reports “MOE To refresh Sexuality Education Programme?” Read the full article
Update on 22 Jan 2011:
Our Archbishop issues a statement on the Sexuality programmes in Catholic Schools.
Report by Catholic News “Archbishop Stresses Faithfulness To Church Teaching In Sexuality Education”
(appeared on the front page of 13 Feb 2011 issue):
Reporting by Straits Times on 26 Jan 2011 “Call to tweak sexuality education”
Condoms fail for regular users: The condom is the most commonly used barrier method of contraception in the world. Yet according to mainstream scientific sources, its efficacy has been grossly overstated by its promoters.
Consider some other points on the effectiveness of the use of condoms taken from these websites:
Theoretical and empirical basis for protection: Condoms can be expected to provide different levels of protection for various STDs, depending on differences in how the diseases or infections are transmitted. Male condoms **may not cover** all infected areas or areas that could become infected. Thus, they are likely to provide greater protection against STDs that are transmitted only by genital fluids (STDs such as gonorrhea, chlamydia, trichomoniasis, and HIV infection) than **against infections that are transmitted primarily by skin-to-skin contact, which may or may not infect areas covered by a condom (STDs such as genital herpes, human papillomavirus [HPV] infection, syphilis, and chancroid).**
>>> Comment: Infections transmitted primarily via skin to skin contact such as genital herpes, HPV, syphilis, chancriod are not stopped by condoms.
Consistent and Correct Condom Use
To achieve maximum protection by using condoms, they must be used consistently and correctly.
The failure of condoms to protect against STD/HIV transmission usually results from inconsistent or incorrect use, rather than product failure.
* Inconsistent or nonuse can lead to STD acquisition because transmission can occur with **a single sex act** with an infected partner.
* Incorrect use diminishes the protective effect of condoms by leading to condom breakage, slippage, or leakage. Incorrect use more commonly entails a failure to use condoms throughout the entire sex act, from start (of sexual contact) to finish (after ejaculation).
>>> Comment: Imagine you could be consistently using the condom every other time but one single slip of the mind and with the wrong partner, you could be doomed.
How often do condoms break or slip off?
A large body of research in the United States has shown that rates of breakage, caused by fault in the condom itself, are less than 2 condoms out of every 100 condoms. Studies also indicate that condoms **slip off the penis in about 1-5% of acts of vaginal intercourse** and **slip down (but not off) about 3-13% of the time.9**
Various studies have shown that knowledge and familiarity with the use of condoms reduce the likelihood of condom breakage and slippage during sex.10 A major factor that can lead to a condom breaking or slipping off during sex is it’s size, as this can affect how easy it is to put on and how likely it is to stay on. Different sizes of condoms are available, and it is important to make sure that the condom being used is the correct fit.11
>>> Comment: Young people may screw up their use of the condoms and increase the probability of transmission.
These are just some points of consideration, many may think that the Catholic School’s are outdated in keeping to the age old safest teaching which is abstinence and being faithful but this is the best lesson it feels that it can pass on to its students.
Promoting condoms is going to expose the students to unnecessary risks which the Catholic Schools should not be taking. Granted that the students can still learn how to use condoms on their own, at least the school’s conscience is clear.
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