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SEX ED ISN’T WHAT WE THOUGHT: New Report Debunks Conventional Contraception Wisdom
The first of a two-part definitive report released today by the National Abstinence Education Association (NAEA) details the differences between two major sex education approaches being implemented in American schools and funded by the American taxpayer.
Valerie Huber, the Executive Director of the NAEA, and Dr. Nanci Coppola, the Executive Director of Program Reach and the Healthy Respect Program, are available for interviews to discuss the fascinating results in greater depth.
Part I of the report is an exhaustive exposé examining so-called “comprehensive” sex education, which focuses primarily on simply reducing the risk of teen sex while ignoring the established goals of public health models designed to achieve optimal health.
The report reveals the dismal research used to prop up this approach, which claims hundreds of millions of tax dollars under the banner of being “evidence-based” and “effective.” The explicit content of programs are also examined and showcase an extremism in sexuality issues at odds with what most parents want for their children.
“For too long the American public has been duped into believing that increasing contraception use among teens is the best we can do for their health and well-being,” says Huber. “This well-documented report clearly demonstrates how sexual risk reduction is an inferior approach that censors the best health messages in favor of the 'sex when you are ready is fine; just be sure to use protection' message. Certainly it is time for a clear, unambiguous message that gives needed information without normalizing teen sex.”
Part II of the report, entitled, Why Sexual Risk Avoidance is the Best Educational Approach, Based on Theory, Research, and Effectiveness, will be released next week and will cover the content and research supporting Sexual Risk Avoidance (SRA) abstinence programs and recommendations for policy and funding considerations.
Get an up-close look at Part I and a preview of II. Call Special Guests to schedule Valerie Huber and Dr. Nanci Coppola today.
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ABOUT YOUR EXPERTS:
Dr. Nanci Coppola is the Executive Director of Program Reach and the Healthy Respect Program. She received her undergraduate training in biology and psychology at the University of Rochester. She received a Doctorate in Podiatric Medicine from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine and a Masters degree in Health Administration and Wellness Education from the California College of Health Sciences.
Dr. Coppola has 30 years of experience in the fields of education and medicine. Prior to becoming the Executive Director, she served as Healthy Respect’s Director of Curriculum from 2005-2008.
Valerie Huber is the Executive Director of the National Abstinence Education Association (NAEA), a Washington, D.C.-based professional association in support of abstinence education as the optimal strategy for teen sexual health. Valerie previously served as the Title V Abstinence Education Coordinator for the state of Ohio where she provided oversight and grant awards to community abstinence programs serving more than 100,000 students per year as part of the Ohio Department of Health. Huber also founded and directed a non-profit organization in support of character building and abstinence education during the late 1990’s that served all school districts in two counties of Ohio.
She is a frequent spokesperson for teen sexual health in various media venues and has been interviewed hundreds of times by prominent print, radio and television outlets. She is an expert on the history of sex education as well as the public policy decision-making that has influenced how sex education is taught in communities across the nation.
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