Sex education needs serious renovations – dare I say an overhaul. We are failing to teach students how to keep their bodies happy, healthy, and safe. Here are four reasons why sex education is failing students in Pennsylvania and across the nation:
1. STD’s are a public health risk.
STD rates are increasing at rapid rates and the youth are particularly susceptible. Many infections can cause irreversible damage to your body and health. The CDC estimates nearly 20 million new infections occur each year and that 50% of them are in people ages 15-24. (Read the CDC fact sheet here!)
2. STD’s are expensive.
Our country is hemorrhaging money from STD related health costs. Each year, STD’s cost $16 billion in healthcare costs. How insane is that! If we teach kids how to avoid these infections, we potentially free up billions of dollars in spending. Think about what we could do with $16 billion.
3. Current sex ed standards are harming LGBTQ students.
Less than five percent of LGBT students had classes that included a positive view on LGBT topics. This is a complete and utter travesty. Queer students deserve equal access to information regarding their sexual health and wellness. Education is a human right.
4. The sexual assault epidemic.
Every 98 seconds an American is sexually assaulted. We need to act now. Talking about consent and sexual violence in the classroom can potentially make these rates decline. As a country we must do anything and everything we can to support survivor and future victims of sexual violence.