Sex education affects our whole life and every decision, said Anja Rubik in TVN24’s “One on One”. The organization launched the “We are all sexual” campaign, which aims to make the public aware that the topic of sexuality also applies to people with disabilities. Rubik, also referring to the situation of women in Poland, said that “women’s rights will be a decisive factor in the upcoming elections.”
– In fact, we cannot build a healthy, safe society without sex education – emphasized the model and founder of the SEXED.PL foundation Anja Rubik in the program “One for One” on TVN24. – Sexuality education affects our whole life and every decision we make. It has an impact on our self-acceptance, and this is related to the decisions we make in life, how we build relationships and raise children, she added.
“We’re all sexual” is a new SEXED.PL campaign about people with disabilities. – The point is to normalize the sexuality of people with disabilities – explained Anja Rubik.
The model explained that the campaign consists of two parts: educational, which consists of advertising spots that shape awareness, and providing real support for people with disabilities, i.e. running workshops and a help line with the participation of specialists.
Anja Rubik: women’s rights will be a decisive factor in the upcoming elections
When asked about the issue of the right to abortion and examples of women who lost their lives due to the restriction of this right in Poland after the Constitutional Court’s judgment in October 2020, she admitted that “you hear very sad stories about this topic”.
– Women’s rights will be a decisive factor in the upcoming elections – stressed the TVN24 interlocutor.
– This has to start to change. We hope that, among other things, this campaign will start to change that. I encourage not only people with disabilities to call the helpline or people who are in a relationship with a person with a disability, but also carers, parents, doctors if they have doubts about how to talk and how to take care of such a person in the office – said Anja Rubik.
Anja Rubik: I missed the conversation around informed consent
The model also talked about the book “SEXEDPL. Growing up in love, safety and understanding” – a guide for parents, which she wrote together with Barbara Baran and Alicja Długołęcka. “This book helped me understand what I was missing, how I grew up and what conversations I had,” she said.
“What I missed most was the conversation around informed consent. My mother is a very strong woman, and yet this conversation did not appear at home. My mother thought it was obvious, and growing up I was always afraid to say no outright.
– I ran away from certain situations, gave the wrong phone number. The first thought that came to my mind was not to hurt the other person, not to feel offended, and in fact this person was crossing my boundaries – she added.
Anja Rubik: if someone crosses these lines, we must say no
According to an article published in Onet at the end of October President of the Polish Tennis Association Mirosław Skrzypczyński allegedly used physical and psychological violence against members of his family and the players he coached in the past. Over time, more accusations against Skrzypczyński appeared, but this event did not cause a larger group of women to come forward with information about such events in other sports.
Anja Rubik assessed that it happened because “we lack courage”. – And this is because we do not have this education. Education gives us strength. If we are brought up consciously from a very young age and we learn from an early age what our limits are, that if someone crosses these limits, we can say “no”, we must say “no”, that this is our right – she stressed.
– When something bad happens, we react. But if no one is having this conversation with us, we don’t really know how to react and we don’t have the strength to act, she added.
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