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Winchester College is accused of condoning underage sex

Winchester College has been accused of condoning underage sex after 13-year-old boys were told they would not be prosecuted for having ‘consensual’ intercourse.

Parents at the £41,700-a-year public school reacted with fury after the leader of a sex education class told pupils in years nine and ten that the age of consent is not meant ‘to punish young people’. 

Dr Eleanor Draeger, from an organisation called It Happens, told boys that in a ‘happy, healthy relationship’ where ‘you both want to have sex and you both have sex, you are unlikely to be prosecuted from that because it’s not in the public interest’.

Parents at the £41,700-a-year public school reacted with fury after the leader of a sex education class told pupils in years nine and ten that the age of consent is not meant ‘to punish young people’

According to The Telegraph, Dr Draeger continued: ‘It’s just two 14 year olds who want to have sex with each other who are consensually having sex.’

She went on to say that if a 19-year-old teacher had sex with a child then he would be prosecuted, but: ‘So the age of consent is not there to prosecute [or] punish young people for having consensual sex.’

Having sex with anyone under the age of consent is a criminal offence, even for people who are also under 16.

Dr Draeger, who describes herself as a sexual health and HIV doctor, was speaking in a virtual class to boys aged 13 and 14.

The lesson is said to have sparked several complaints to the school from parents, with one source saying: ‘It was pretending to be about sexual health but it was basically advocating underage sex.’

Dr Draeger also went on to say that ‘biology isn’t binary’ during a discussion about male and female chromosomes.

The comments prompted a source to complain that the pupils were being ‘indoctrinated’ with views from the ‘transgender lobby’ that were not age-appropriate.

It Happens provides talks and training sessions to school pupils across the UK.

The organisation describes the sessions as ‘straight-talking, open and honest’ and vows to create a ‘safe space’ to discuss sensitive topics.

Dr Eleanor Draeger, from an organisation called It Happens, told boys that in a 'happy, healthy relationship' where 'you both want to have sex and you both have sex, you are unlikely to be prosecuted from that because it’s not in the public interest'

Dr Eleanor Draeger, from an organisation called It Happens, told boys that in a ‘happy, healthy relationship’ where ‘you both want to have sex and you both have sex, you are unlikely to be prosecuted from that because it’s not in the public interest’

In December, Eton parents revealed how pupils as young as 13 had been given a ‘creative workshop’ on pornography while a child was left asking ‘Is it ok to be a boy and like rugby?’ after a session on ‘toxic masculinity’.

One parent said children were being indoctrinated by a ‘partisan, political’ Woke agenda, which involves contested ideas about gender and race being presented as fact with any opposing view silenced for being politically incorrect.

A ‘creative workshop’ run by the Eton ‘Femsoc’ [feminism society] entitled ‘Sex Positivity, Feminism and Pornography’ was targeted at boys in years nine and ten – meaning some would have been as young as 13.

The session was run by a group called the School of Sexuality Education.

One mother, who has a son and several other relatives at the school and asked to stay anonymous to protect them, said: ‘Parents are really concerned about the pushing of age-inappropriate sexual content to children below the age of consent.

‘This talk was given to boys in E and F block, who are 13 and 14. This is an explicit sexual talk being put in a political, partisan way with an activist streak.

‘It is unbalanced and it is absolutely wrong that it should have been open to those year groups.’

In December, Eton parents revealed how pupils as young as 13 had been given a 'creative workshop' on pornography while a child was left asking 'Is it ok to be a boy and like rugby?' after a session on 'toxic masculinity'

In December, Eton parents revealed how pupils as young as 13 had been given a ‘creative workshop’ on pornography while a child was left asking ‘Is it ok to be a boy and like rugby?’ after a session on ‘toxic masculinity’ 

At the time, Eton College Femsoc said the talks had received overwhelmingly positive feedback and noted that the School of Sexuality Education had given talks in hundreds of other UK schools.

Today, both Winchester College and It Happens claimed the comments about the age of consent had been taken out of context.

Winchester said: ‘It Happens are members of the PSHE Association. They advise schools on how to implement the statutory guidance for the teaching of sex education in independent schools.

‘The presentations were delivered by specialist consultant Dr Draeger, who has worked in the NHS for 16 years. Their content was in line with both NHS and WHO guidance.’

Meanwhile, It Happens said the lesson had received ‘positive feedback’, with a spokesman adding: ‘Eleanor is a hugely experienced NHS doctor who has been working in Sexual Health for 16 years and has extensive experience delivering Sex Education training to teachers and talks for pupils in school for many years’. 


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