The Case for Teaching Kids 'Vagina,' 'Penis,' and 'Vulva'

As part of the growing movement to implement abuse prevention in schools and other youth-serving organizations, Rohdenburg and other educators believe that teaching what linguists call "standard" dialect for body parts -- rather than euphemisms and colloquialisms -- is important. Teaching children anatomically correct terms, age-appropriately, says Laura Palumbo, a prevention specialist with the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC), promotes positive body image, self confidence, and parent-child communication; discourages perpetrators; and, in the event of abuse, helps children and adults navigate the disclosure and forensic interview process.

Evidence shows nothing but good can come of quality sex ed. Why some adults have to treat the subject as taboo is a mystery to me. Making the whole thing a deep dark secret only has negative consequences. 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 7 boys could tell you that!