Make New York Smarter About Sex Education
Many public school districts across New York State provide sex ed instruction that is inaccurate, incomplete and biased. Much of what children learn is saturated with patriarchal notions and age-old gender stereotypes. And many students are getting no sex education at all.
The #MeToo movement has awakened the entire nation to the ubiquity of sexual violence and the need for a culture shift around what a healthy relationship looks like.
Change is more likely to happen if young people take part in this important conversation at an early age.
Young people should learn how to build respectful relationships. But right now, students all across the state are not getting the sex ed they need.
Comprehensive sex ed does so much more than teach young people how to avoid unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. It teaches them how to build relationships, reduce bullying and become healthy, whole people. Our schools must support students as they learn about relationships, love and sexual health by providing age-appropriate, medically-accurate guidance from kindergarten to 12th grade.
Without sex ed, young people are at a higher risk of violence and sexual assault, STIs and unintended pregnancies, among other consequences.
TAKE ACTION: Tell state lawmakers to make sure there's a requirement for comprehensive, age-appropriate sex ed in all public schools across the state.
Andrew M. Cuomo (D-NY), Governor
Your State Upper Chamber Representatives
Your State Lower Chamber Representatives
Carl E. Heastie, Speaker, New York State Assembly
Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Majority Leader, New York State Senate