Thursday, June 14, 2007

Typical Sex Ed Programs 'Ineffective and Offensive': HHS Report


CONTACT: PETER ROBBIO JUNE 13, 2007 AT 703.683.5004 x126


Programs Instruct Teens As Young As 13 on Sexually Explicit Material

Washington, DC - Parents today learned the truth about so called
"comprehensive" sex education curricula from a US Department of Health and
Human Services (HHS) study. The government report reveals how the most
commonly used sex education programs have virtually no effect in keeping
teens from having sex yet contain numerous sexually explicit lessons taught
to teens as young as 13. Of the nine commonly used curricula studied in the
HHS report (
), most showed no impact in preventing teen sex, and one failed to even
evaluate program effectiveness. All the programs reviewed by the HHS
devoted an overwhelming amount of teaching time to topics such as condom
usage, condom demonstration and sexual game play as methods of "safe" sex.

"Although they receive ten times the amount of government money as
abstinence programs, so-called 'comprehensive sex education' has not been
proven to delay teen sex," states Valerie Huber, Executive Director of
National Abstinence Education Abstinence (NAEA). "The predominant message
encourages sexual activity. The message of abstinence is virtually

The HHS study also revealed some startling components of the "comprehensive"
sex education programs for teens as young as 13 include lessons include:

*Advocating showering together as a no risk activity.
*Promoting methods for sexual stimulation.
*Conducting sexual role-play on how to help a partner maintain an erection.

*Describing how to eroticize condom use with a partner.
*Suggesting teens wear shades or a disguises when shopping for condoms so
adults and parents won't recognize them.

Parents communicated their strong support for abstinence education, as
currently funded by Congress, in a recent 2007 Zogby poll. In fact,
regardless of ideological leaning, parents from across America supported
abstinence education over 'comprehensive' sex education by a 2:1 margin. The
very topics that parents wanted curricula to cover are absent in most
'comprehensive' sex education."


To schedule an interview with NAEA Executive Director Valerie Huber, please
contact Peter Robbio at 703.683.5004 extension 116.

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