survey, conducted in July by the Barna Group, reveals that about 40 percent of 18- and 19-year-olds feel their contraceptive-focused sex ed classes make sex seem like an expectation. In other words, says Valerie Huber of the National Abstinence Education Association, those teens are feeling more pressure from their sex ed classes to have sex than from their dating partners.
"When you make comments [like] We know you're going to have sex, but just try to do it safely – what kind of message is that sending?" Huber asks. "Well, according to these teens, it's sending the message: We expect you to have sex."
The Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program (comprehensive sex ed) is contraceptive-based; in contrast, the Sexual Risk Avoidance (SRA) approach is abstinence-based. Currently 95 percent of funding goes to the latter, leaving only five percent for abstinence.
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