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The National Abstinence Education Association Releases Definitive Report: Sexual Risk Avoidance Education: Considerations for Protecting Teen Health

Part 1: Challenging the Content, Research, and Funding of Comprehensive Sex Education's Risk Reduction Approach

A definitive report released today by the Nation Abstinence Education Association (NAEA) details the differences between two major sex education approaches being implemented in American schools and funded by the American taxpayer. Part I, of this two-part report, is an exhaustive expose' examining so-called "comprehensive" sex education which focuses primarily on simply reducing the risk of teen sex while ignoring the established goals of public health models designed to achieve optimal health. The report reveals the dismal research used to prop up this approach, which claims hundreds of millions of tax dollars under the banner of being "evidence-based"and "effective." The explicit content of programs are also examined and showcase an extremism in sexuality issues at odds with what most parents want for their children.

"For too long the American public has been duped into believing that increasing contraception use among teens is the best we can do for their health and welll-being. This well-documented report clearly demonstrates how sexual risk reduction is an inferior approach that censors the best health messages in favor of the 'sex when you are ready is fine; just be sure to use protection' message. Certainly it is time for a clear, unabiguous message that gives needed information without normalizing teen sex," stated Valerie Huber, executive Director of NAEA.

Part 2 of the report, entitled, Why Sexual Risk Avoidance is the Best Education Approach, Based on Theory, Research, and Effectiveness will be released next week and will cover the content and research supporting Sexual Risk Avoidance (SRA) abstinence programs and recommendation for policy and funding considerations.

Read Part I of the report here.