- Comm 201 Sex Health Speech You would probably laugh at one of your friends if he asked you where his cervix was However a 2002 study by Planned

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Comm 201 Sex Health Speech You would probably laugh at one of your friends if he asked you where his cervix was. However, a 2002 study by Planned Parenthood of Michigan showed that 37% of Detroit eighth grade boys answered “yes” when asked if they had a cervix during a comprehensive sexual health survey (Grossman 2003). The United States has the highest teen pregnancy rate among developed countries in the world. American teenagers are bombarded with confusing and conflicting messages about sex. They need access to real, unbiased information — about abstinence, contraception, and healthy relationships. The vast majority of Americans—including parents—support comprehensive sex education. However, only five percent of American students receive an education that covers all the dimensions of sexuality. Today I will discuss problems with current sex education curricula, recommendations for improvement, and finally, ways you can help support comprehensive sex education. We must provide teens with the accurate information they need to make responsible decisions and protect their health and futures. Current sex education curriculums, especially abstinence only sex education, do not provide adolescents with necessary sexual and reproductive health practices. Acccording to the James Daroch, a family planning researcher, sex education teachers were more likely to focus on abstinence and less likely to provide students with information on birth control in 1999 than they were in 1988 (Daroch 2000). The majority of teachers believe that topics such as birth control methods and how to obtain them, the correct way to use a condom, sexual orientation, and factual and ethical information about abortion should be taught by the end of the 12th grade. However, these topics are currently being taught less often and later than teachers think they should be. Alan Bleakley, an epidemiologist at Duke, says that eighty-two percent of adults support
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This note was uploaded on 04/26/2008 for the course COMM 2010 taught by Professor Berggren,k. during the Spring '07 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).

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- Comm 201 Sex Health Speech You would probably laugh at one of your friends if he asked you where his cervix was However a 2002 study by Planned

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