Facts about Sexual Health Education In The U.S
Did you know? One in three adults would have learned nothing useful in their middle or high school health course by graduation? Actually, that’s wrong, the number is probably much higher, but we’ll never know. Here are some facts or maybe they’re lies:
Between 2006 and 2013, there was a significant decline in young adult females receiving any formal instructions or information about birth control or sex. The only language or information received? Abstinence. Which is understandable, in that patriarchal we must protect our girls’ purity kind of way (which isn’t a bad thing); however, that doesn’t really help the fact that teens are having sex and should probably hear some other rhetoric, but I digress. There was also a significant decline of information for men on the safety measures that should be taken when having sex. Many sexually active teens do not receive any form of sex education in school about safety measures. Condoms, birth control, etc., are not a part of the sexual education dialogue in schools mainly in rural America. Did you know? Sex outside of marriage is the cause of mental health issues or that having sex at an early age can kill you?
Advocacy For Youth, Facts on the Truth about Abstinence Only Programs, http://www.advocatesforyouth.org/publications/publications-a-z/409-the-truth-about-abstinence-only-programs
Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States, Fact Sheets on Abstinence only until marriage programs: http://www.siecus.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=Page.ViewPage&PageID=1195
National Abstinence Education Association, Correcting Misinformation in the Sex Ed Debate http://www.abstinenceassociation.org/faqs/index.html
Only 22 states and the District of Columbia mandate public schools to teach about sex, but the topics are medical and technical and focus on the fear of HIV and Aids and also, around 35 states, I think my lovely state of Texas is included, allow parents to opt out of letting their children participate in Sexual Education courses. Now, this is just an assumption, but, if all these facts are correct then the teens of 2006–2013 grew up to learn:
Abstinence is the only way
Aids is real
Girls are the cause of everything.
In conclusion, I was right, 1 in 3 adults learned nothing useful about sex. That is unless you went to a school that advised and advocated for better Sexual Health programs.
*Though our view may seem one-sided, we are not, we understand that there are good points in abstinence and sexual health education programs, we are not saying get rid of the program, we are opening a discussion, whether you decide to have sex or wait is a personal decision but we think we owe it to ourselves and the next generation to educate them and ourselves on Sexual Health issues. *
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