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“Not Just The Lucky Ones”: Integrating Equity into Sex Education

  • Sheraton Imperials 4700 Emperor Boulevard Durham NC 27703 United States (map)

Come see me in May in RTP for SHIFT NC's annual conference! 

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.

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