January 5, 2016
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For Immediate Release:
New Study: Most Americans Want Change in Objectionable Sex Education Policy
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A new survey indicates that most Americans oppose current sex education policy- a policy that promotes programs that normalize teen sex and implicitly or explicitly, tell teens as young as 10 that sexual experimentation is okay, as long as consent and contraception are involved. This controversial approach, strongly endorsed by the Obama, Administration currently comprises 90% of all federal sex education funding.
Americans Speak Out II is a commissioned survey of adults from across the United States. The survey asked Americans what teens should learn in their sex education classes, and how tax dollars should be spent for this education. The results confirmed previous findings which showed strong support for the essential themes that define Sexual Risk Avoidance (SRA) education. When it comes to sex education, it is clear that most Americans agree that the goal should be optimal health for our youth.
Americans said this about sex education:
The primary emphasis should give practical skills for teens to wait for sex.
Consensual sex, even with the use of contraception does not make teen sex acceptable.
Teens should be encouraged to avoid sex, just as they are encouraged to avoid other risks, such as smoking and underage drinking.
Teens should learn that the use of contraception does not make sex “safe.”
Most Americans want at least half of sex ed. funds to go to Sexual Risk Avoidance (SRA) education.
Valerie Huber, president/CEO of Ascend added: “It is significant that most Americans want students to receive information and skills to wait for sex. And the fact that most teens are waiting– and significantly more today than decades ago- shows this is a reasonable health expectation for youth. In addition, recent HHS research shows that more than 80% of students now receiving the “teen sex is ok” brand of education fared either worse or no better than their peers. Our federal sex education policies are not working and are actually harmful to youth. This must change.”
These findings provide a clear message and important directive to the incoming Trump Administration, and to the 115th Congress: current sex education policy is failing our youth and must change.
The Americans Speak Out II survey results can be found here.
A summary of the HHS research results from the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program can be foundhere.
Ascend 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.