#SRAisAbstinenceOnly: New Name, Same Shame

Date: June 13th, 2019
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Healthy Teen Network

We’ve joined with Advocates for Youth, Answer, SIECUSPlanned Parenthood, and many others to spread the word that abstinence-only has been repackaged under a new name, “Sexual Risk Avoidance (SRA).” But don’t be fooled by their deceitful appropriation of new rights language, it’s the same old shaming, inaccurate lectures.

These lessons do nothing but harm young people by reinforcing harmful ideology and stifling honest discussion about sexuality. Young people need quality sex education that teaches them real information and skills they need to prevent unintended pregnancy, HIV, and STIs. They need to learn about contraception, condoms, healthy relationships, and more.  And they don’t need stigma and shame to be any part of their school day.

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A shredded paper heart. A cup of spit. A microwave. These are just a few of the wild metaphors abstinence-only, or “Sexual Risk Avoidance (SRA)” lessons use to scare young people away from learning about sex and sexuality.

A shredded paper heart. A cup of spit. A microwave. These are just a few of the wild metaphors abstinence-only, or “Sexual Risk Avoidance (SRA)” lessons use to scare young people away from learning about sex and sexuality.

Learn more about the real lessons funded by tax dollars, and download a copy of the trading cards.

Want more? Read up on the history of abstinence-only, what sex ed should look like, and talking points:

Join us in spreading the word that “Sexual Risk Avoidance (SRA)” is abstinence-only-until-marriage. This wolf in sheep’s clothing approach to shame and mislead young people is simply unacceptable.

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Healthy Teen Network envisions a world where all adolescents and young adults lead healthy and fulfilling lives. Founded in 1979, we promote better outcomes for adolescents and young adults by advancing social change, cultivating innovation, and strengthening youth-supporting professionals and organizations. We serve as a leading national membership organization (501c3) for adolescent health professionals and organizations, promoting a unique and holistic perspective—we call it Youth 360°—to improve the health and well-being of young people.

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