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September 28, 2015

Weekly Salvo

Unintended Consequences of "Comprehensive" Sex Ed

According to a new survey by the Barna Group, many teens feel pressure to have sex as a result of their "comprehensive" sex education classes. Male teenagers were nearly twice as likely as their female classmates to report feeling such pressure, but overall nearly 4 out of 10 teens reported that such programs encourage sex. One in five also said that demonstrating contraception in the classroom sends the message that sex is expected.

Sexual Risk Reduction (SRR) programs, commonly called "comprehensive" sex ed, are typically explicit, spelling out a smorgasbord of sexual activities, often using bananas to demonstrate condom use.

Sexual Risk Avoidance (SRA) programs, often called abstinence-based, treat sex like other health hazards, and focus on encouraging teens to avoid risk by refraining from sex.

SRR programs are by far the most common, and receive 95% of the federal sex education budget.

• For information on what parents should know about sex education in their schools, check out "Sex Re-Education: A Parent's Guide to Sex Ed."

• And to find out how sex education changed from a simple biology lesson to an explicit tutorial, read Dr. Miriam Grossman's piece, "Ill Founders: The Sex Educators Who Spawned Today's Madness."

• For more information on the survey, visit the website of the National Abstinence Education Association.

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