Tests such as putting a condom with your mouth on a stick, licking a banana smeared with cream and honey, reproducing postures from the ‘Kamasutra’… What seems like the letter of introduction of a ‘rogue’ gymkhana of a private party or a nightclub , is actually the proposal organized by the Vilassar de Mar City Council Youth Service, in charge of ERC, with the aggravating circumstance that some of the participants were minors, some of them 11 and 12 years old. The initial stupefaction of the parents of the children who participated in the tests has turned into indignation and they are already preparing a lawsuit against the council of this Maresme town before the Juvenile Prosecutor’s Office, as reported by ‘La Vanguardia’. The boys were even asked if certain drugs are injected or inhaled. Without consent The council itself has published images of the tests, which were held on July 22, and even maintains them on its Instagram profile, with photos of girls observing drawings of sexual positions, for example, fully accessible to the public in general, to the annoyance of the families. One of them appears in the photographs without their parents giving their consent for the disclosure, which contradicts the data protection law. After the commotion caused, the Youth Councilor of the Vilassar City Council, Montse Gual, has apologized for not having explained the tests of the gymkhana to the parents, while she has explained that they will evaluate the tests. At a press conference, she stressed that it is “a mistake” not to explain the content to parents so that they can decide whether to sign their children up for the activity, and has promised to improve in this aspect and be more transparent. The councilor has reiterated that there was a “communication error”, although she has defended giving information to young people and explaining sexual and affective relationships in a plain way. Gual has said that in all the activities of the Juliol Jove of the Department of Youth, surveys are carried out among the participants and it is assessed if they have given results with respect to the youth plan, and he has stressed that, if it has not worked correctly, it will be assessed if change or redefine. Sexual and affective education Despite having the permits, Gual has admitted to having deleted the publication he made of the gymkhana on social networks, and has defended that the tests were not only to raise awareness about sexual and affective education, but also about drug use and booze. She has explained that in the gymkhana there were tests such as putting on make-up, playing trivia about the effects of drugs and alcohol, tests that reproduced genital organs and carrying out pedagogy on the use of condoms. Related news The councilor has admitted that “they did not expect” this controversy with the gymkhana, has assured that activities of this type have been carried out in other municipalities and are not an invention of Vilassar, and has remarked that the technical department had endorsed the activity based on on information from other populations. The mother of a girl who participated in the tests tells ‘La Vanguardia’ that in one of them the girls “had to stand on the wall with their ass in pomp and a boy had to stand behind, with a balloon in the middle that they had to burst with this posture”. The Síndic de Greuges de Catalunya, with the aim of studying the issue in depth, has reported that an ex officio action has been opened and has been addressed to the Vilassar de Mar City Council. Specifically, the institution wants to know what the assessment of the situation on the part of the municipal administration from the point of view of protecting the best interests of the children and adolescents who participated in the gymkhana. The Síndic has also asked about the images that were captured of children and adolescents while they carried out the gymkhana and about the subsequent publication of these images without the corresponding consent of the legal guardians of the children or of the adolescents themselves, depending on the case.
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