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Govt plans Valentine’s sex warning

THE Ministry of Women’s Affairs plans to broadcast ads ahead of Valentine’s Day warning Cambodian teenagers against engaging in promiscuous sex, ministry Secretary of State Sivann Botum said Wednesday.

Starting Saturday, the five-minute spots will focus on the “meaning of the day” by encouraging teenagers to show love for their family first, teachers and then friends”, Sivvann Botum said.

“We decided to create the advertisements to reach out to young people because we want to make them understand that most teenagers do the wrong thing on Valentine’s Day, which can impact the respect people have for Cambodian women,” she said, adding that women often offer their virginity to their partners without thinking about their future and the honour of their family and culture.

Ministry representatives visited five high schools in Phnom Penh last week and will visit one in Siem Reap on Friday to show teachers and students the spots in advance, Sivann Botum said.

“Many students and teachers liked our advertisements and they requested us to insert it into the education curriculum, but we have not made any decisions yet,” she said. “Because of the response from students and teachers, we will go to even more schools next year.”

Sok Sovanna, Bak Touk High School director, said he and his students were interested in the spots. However, he felt they were not yet informative enough to actually educate teenagers.

“It is very important for students and also young people to know more about the meaning of Valentine’s Day and educate them to be not promiscuous on the day,” he said.

“But I am worried about the students who missed class on the day we saw the advertisement because they may not understand what they are doing is wrong.”



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