Sex education is usually 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: personal history including race, background and past abuse. These formative pieces of a child's identity are completely absent from traditional sex ed.
But you can't remove a child's past and present from conversations about their future.
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.