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.

Sexual abuse is such a sensitive topic but Elizabeth navigated it with a beautiful balance of honesty and sensitivity while being very action/solution oriented. I now understand how small actions on my part can directly affect the comfort and perceived safety of another person. Since Elizabeth’s session, I have made changes to my routine to be trauma-informed and for the evaluation work that I do, I added “skip” and “opt out” options. I hope to attend another training of Elizabeth’s in the future.
— Taylor Dokter, MS Drug Free Communities Project Coordinator
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Your session created awareness, offered strategies and changed our practice in ways that continue to evolve. Your work is invaluable and we will continue to refer others in the field to you for professional development. Thank you for the work you do and the impact you are making!
— Dr. Michele Wallen, Department of Health Education and Promotion, Eastern Carolina University