Sexual Risk Avoidance (Abstinence) Education
The American College of Pediatricians recognizes the health benefits of sexual risk avoidance (SRA – formerly known as ‘abstinence’) as the optimal lifestyle for all youth. Therefore, the College strongly endorses SRA education and recommends its adoption by all school systems in lieu of “comprehensive sex education.” This position is based on the public health principle of primary prevention, promoting risk avoidance in lieu of risk reduction to obtain the highest standard of health. The College has released a statement, Abstinence Education, supporting its position.
The following are additional resources supporting sexual risk avoidance.
Facts About Youth is a practical resource for students, parents and educators on the development of sexual orientation of youth. Amid much confusion in today’s society on this topic, the Facts website provides objective, scientifically-supported information for parents in childrearing and for educators in making sound school policy.
1 Freedman, L.P. “Censorship and Manipulation of Reproductive Health Information.” Coliver, S, ed. “The Right to Know: Human Right Access to Reproductive Health Information.” Philadelphia, Penn.: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1995: 1-37. qtd. in Hendricks, Kate et.al. “The Attack on Abstinence Education: Fact or Fallacy?” Medical Institute for Sexual Health, 2006.