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Sex education is often introduced at the same time and taught the same way, using a standard, evidence-based curricula. But just as essential as the tools and medically accurate facts is what’s not mentioned: race, background and past abuse.
Complicating the current sex education puzzle are a number of crucial facts that are often neglected or unknown including:
- Black and Indigenous children are more likely to experience sexual abuse;
- Child sexual abuse is linked to negative health outcomes such as teen pregnancy, STIs and risky sexual behavior;
- 28% of male rape victims experience rape for the first time when they are age 10 or younger. For girls in the same age bracket the number is 12%;
- Most rape victims know their perpetrators.
Educators must not only be better informed about the connection between personal history and sexual health but incorporate a trauma-sensitive and equity-based lens in their curricula. When they do, educators are in a better position to ensure that sex education works for all kids, not just the lucky ones.