February 16, 2017 1:53 pm
Updated: February 16, 2017 1:54 pm

Should sex education be taught to kids under 5?

WATCH ABOVE: City of Montreal Youth Commissioner Tommy Kulczyk joins Global's Laura Casella in studio to discuss the city's plans to implement sex education with young children to help prevent sexual abuse.

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Montreal Youth Commissioner Tommy Kulczyk has plans to implement sex education for children between the ages of three and five.

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Kulczyk, a former employee of Sun Youth, said the city would like to use sex education as a tool against sexual abuse.

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“Sexual abuse on children is a major social problem that touches one out of five girls and one of 10 boys before the age of 18,” Kulczyk said.

The city is partnering with the Marie-Vincent Foundation, an organization dedicated to preventing sexual abuse.

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The group aims to develop an education plan that will focus on gender equality and what is considered “acceptable relations” between boys and girls.

“[The foundation] will be working in two different neighbourhoods with parents, children and workers from the community that will develop a tool that will be used by parents in the future,” Kulczyk said.

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He said the city is developing the program to adapt its cultural identities.

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“The objective of the tool is adapting it to socio-cultural realities of the neighbourhood,” Kulczyk said.

“That’s why they need to work in two different types of neighbourhood to have full picture and adapt the tool accordingly.”

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