What Are Children Taught In Sex Education?

All states are somehow involved in sex education for public schoolchildren.

As of Jan. 1, 2015:

  • 22 states and the District of Columbia require public schools teach sex education (20 of which mandate sex education and HIV education).
  • 33 states and the District of Columbia require students receive instruction about HIV/AIDS.

Only 19 states require that if provided, sex education must be medically, factually or technically accurate.
They are:

Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wisconsin.

Many states define parents’ rights concerning sexual education:

  • 37 states and the District of Columbia require school districts to allow parental involvement in sexual education programs.
  • Three states require parental consent before a child can receive instruction.
  • 35 states and the District of Columbia allow parents to opt-out on behalf of their children.

Adolescents are disproportionately affected by sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Young people ages 15 to 24 represent 25 percent of the sexually active population, but acquire half of all new STIs, which amounts to 9.8 million new cases a year. About 3.2 million adolescent females are infected with at least one of the most common STIs.

Human papillomavirus is the most common STI among teens; some estimates find that up to 35 percent of teens ages 14 to 19 have HPV. Girls age 15 to 19 have the highest rates of Gonorrhea and the second highest rate of Chlamydia of any age group.

In 2011, approximately 24 percent of new HIV diagnoses were young people age 13 to 24.

Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Act, Legislation Introduced

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Congresswoman Katherine Clark

Congresswoman Katherine Clark, a Democrat who represents Framingham, and Congressman Joe Heck, a Republican from Nevada, introduced the Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Act, legislation to protect children from sexual abuse July 15.

The proposed legislation funds school programs that provide age-appropriate lessons to primary and secondary school students on how to recognize and safely report sexual abuse.

The Child Sexual Abuse Awareness and Prevention Act provides federal funding to develop, implement or expand these programs for students, teachers, and guardians.

In 2013, there were a total of 60,956 instances of child sexual abuse reported to Child Protective Services agencies in the U.S. However, this number represents only the cases of child sexual abuse reported to and confirmed by child protection authorities. Many cases are never reported to welfare or legal systems.

“When only a small fraction of children who experience sexual abuse tell an adult and get help, then we are failing them,” said Clark, in a statement. “In school, we teach kids what to do in case of fires, tornados, or other emergencies. It’s only common sense that we also teach them strategies to stay safe and to reach out to an adult if they are abused. The Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Act helps children learn how to recognize abuse, and empowers teachers and parents to work together to protect our kids.”

“Keeping children in our communities safe from sexual abuse starts with educating people to recognize the signs of abuse,” Rep. Joe Heck said in a press release. “Ensuring that states and local education agencies have the resources they need to educate students, parents, and guardians about how to recognize and report sexual abuse will aid in prevention and response to incidents of child abuse. I’m pleased to join my colleague Congresswoman Katherine Clark in advancing this important bill in the House and urge its swift passage.”



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7th Annual No Stone Unturned


For the Families of Manitoba’s Missing & Murdered Women, Men, Two-Spirit & Children.

1:00PM – 10:00PM
Oodena Circle, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C

Next Week · 78°F / 60°F Partly Cloudy

The family and friends of Claudette Osborne-Tyo (missing since July 25, 2008) hosts its 7th ANNUAL “NO STONE UNTURNED” FREE CONCERT & FEAST in honour of Manitoba’s Missing and Murdered Women, Men, Two-Spirit, Children and their Families.

Live performances are scheduled throughout the day and evening, with 50/50 and silent auction, followed by a candlelight vigil.

Please come-out to show your support to the families and friends of Manitoba’s Missing and Murdered Women, Men, Two-Spirit and Children, and help raise awareness of this ever-growing crisis.

You can also help by spreading word of this event by inviting others and sharing this page on your walls and networks
If anyone is wanting to volunteer a performance or anything for the silent auction please contact one of the Admins; Bernadette Smith or myself. Also looking for volunteers to help with set-up, takedown, clean up, etc.

*** Financial donations can be made through pay pal to no.stone.unturned.mb@gmail.com