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Sex Education


The Role of the Church

Although some groups opposed to sex education are religious in their orientation, studies have found that church attendance does not predict attitudes toward sex education. Less educated and older parents have generally been found to have less favorable attitudes toward sex education. In all states with school-based health education, parents have been given the right to remove their children from sex education programs.

The efforts to promote sex education have been supported by a national organization called the Sex Information and Education Council of the U.S. (SIECUS). SIECUS works closely with state and local education agencies to expand existing sex education programs and to implement new programs. SIECUS has developed Guidelines for Comprehensive Sexuality Education for implementation at all grade levels K-12. The Guidelines provide communities with a framework for developing and implementing a comprehensive sex education program in schools. Studies show that sex education is most effective when parents and schools reinforce similar messages about teen sexuality.

For further information on sex education you may contact SIECUS at 212-819-9770. You can also visit the SIECUS website.

Copyright 2002 Sinclair Intimacy Institute


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