(So do students in schools across the country.)
Sex education can be a life-saving and-changing form of violence prevention. I want this—not just for my daughters, but for all young people like them. And I’m not alone.
“I think that’s really why I do what I do—because I am so angry at not being told about sex.”
The Internet’s power to foster safe communities and help educators provide free and easily accessible information about sexuality is great. I’m glad resources exist for people who need them, especially in the current landscape where sex ed is so politicized. But online resources shouldn’t be a stand-in for bad sex ed policies.
In partnership with Trojan, Advocates for Youth today will erect a 20-foot activist billboard covered in chewed-up gum speaking truth to power. “You Are Not Chewed Gum,” it will read. “Information Is the Best Protection.”
Molly-Margaret Johnson got home from work one night with a strange feeling down there. She reached into her underwear—and, five seconds and a few fingers later, pulled out a condom. Mortified, she threw away the offending item and texted the guy. Then she posted about the whole ordeal on Instagram.
“I figured I would put up five or 10 pages as a supplement and that would be fine. Of course, what I wasn’t aware of is that even by that point in the mid-90s a lot of people were not getting sex ed in school or anywhere else.”
Imagine this: A young person walks in to a health care provider’s office armed with the knowledge they need and deserve about their bodies, their sexual lives and their choices. They are empowered and knowledgeable. Their diverse lives and backgrounds are centered. And their experience isn’t exceptional—it’s typical.
“One of the best things schools can do to help prevent child sexual abuse is to talk about it.”
Ohio House Bill 90, also known as the “Humanity of the Unborn Child” bill, mandates that educators become part of the state’s mission to “achieve an abortion-free society.”