July 19, 2016
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For Immediate Release:
Republican Convention Adopts Platform That Champions Sexual Risk Avoidance (SRA) Education
Yesterday (Monday, July 18), the Republican National Convention adopted the 2016 Republican platform. The platform is the party’s document intended to be the national, state, and local policy guide for the next four years.
Ascend applauds the resounding support for Sexual Risk Avoidance (SRA) education within the Republican platform. It says this in reference to SRA education: “That approach — the only one always effective against premarital pregnancy and sexually-transmitted disease — empowers teens to achieve optimal health outcomes.” 
Valerie Huber, President/CEO of Ascend agrees: “The research is clear. Teens improve their opportunities and future prospects when they choose to wait for sex. And the SRA approach is realistic. It also offers needed reinforcement for the healthy decisions most teens are already making. Recent news by the CDC shows that the majority of American teens have not had sex. That percentage has increased 28% since 1991, showing the increased relevancy of SRA education in 2016. So the Republican platform’s support for the SRA approach is consistent with a message that resonates with youth and offers them the best option for optimal sexual health.”
SRA education is a root-driven approach that impacts nearly every aspect of an adolescent’s life. Learn more by visiting the Ascend website at WeAscend.org.
 P. 34 of the Republican Platform, available here.
Ascend (formerly the National Abstinence Education Association) champions youth to make healthy decisions in relationships and life by promoting well being through a primary prevention strategy, and as a national membership and advocacy organization that serves, leads, represents and equips the Sexual Risk Avoidance field.