Methinks that for all of the talk about teaching abstinence as the best policy in “comprehensive sex education” somehow is failing:
Study shows CA teens perceive sexual intercourse and oral sex as “abstinence”
96% of California public schools teach comprehensive sex education
The NAEA applauds the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation for its detailed study of how teens interpret abstinence and sexual activity. The report appears in the Journal of Adolescent Health.
Children ages 12 to 16 from throughout CA were asked their perceptions on sexual behaviors. According to the study, 12% of the children interviewed believed that they were abstinent if they were engaging in sexual (vaginal) intercourse. Anal sex was considered abstaining for 14% of the respondents. More than 44% consider genital touching an abstinent behavior, with 33% oral sex constituted abstinence…. (National Abstinence Education Association)
Huh? You’re abstinent if your engaging in sex? And you wonder why people that believe in teaching abstinence are incredulous when those that want comprehensive sex-ed start talking about how they cover abstinence:
“In CA, 96% of schools teach comprehensive sex education, and according to a recent report in the CA Journal of Health Promotion, there has been 1.1 million new STD cases reported in Californians ages 15 to 24. A careful review of the most popular comprehensive sex education curricula reveals that it leaves definitions for abstinence up to the discretion of the individual student. It is not surprising that teens loosely define the term, and end up acquiring an STD as a result.”
In June, the Department of Health and Human Services issued a report saying comprehensive sex education spends little time promoting the value of abstinence, but does teach children as young as 13 that “showering together” and “cuddling naked” are appropriate “abstinence” activities. That same HHS report noted that commonly used comprehensive sex education programs have little or no effect on delaying the onset of a teen’s sexual behavior.
Looks to me like Comprehensive Sex Education does just what we pro-lifers say it does– it causes people to get into situations where they’re spreading STIs and STDs and it’s hurting our young people. But at least their getting free condoms, right?
(Hat tip: Jill Stanek)