Opt Out of Making A Difference!

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Mary S. McLellan, MS, SRAS      ~      Sexual Risk Avoidance Specialist

Is your child taking Making A Difference! this year in sex ed? Do you know that Making A Difference! still claims to be an abstinence education program? It isn’t and never has been. Making A Difference! is just another sexually explicit Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) program. It grooms children (12-14 years, Middle School) to engage in sexual activity. Parents need to OPT OUT!

Making A Difference! redefines abstinence to mean “choosing not to do any sexual behavior that could cause pregnancy or spread diseases.” It also claims to not teach any information on condoms or other forms of birth control. That’s not true. An analysis of its the content reveals that it contains plenty of available demonstrations on condoms, birth control/contraception, and dental dams. Plus, every kind of sexual behavior imaginable is describe and promoted as so-called ‘safe-sex.’

Using the “The CSE Harmful Elements Analysis Tool,” developed by Family Watch International, a team analyzed each page of the curriculum, facilitator guide, and student workbook. This tool includes 15 Harmful Elements typically found in CSE and proven to cause harm to children. Making A Difference! scored 15 out of all 15 harmful elements. This sex program should be banned in all fifty states!

The Making A Difference! curriculum and anyone who teaches it grooms children to engage in sexual activity that can have life-long negative consequences.

Making A Difference! is neither age appropriate nor medically accurate. It uses roleplay and sexual scenarios to desensitize and normalize child sex. It teaches minors how to consent to sex as long as condoms are used, convincing them that condoms can make sex safe. Children are taught to decide for themselves when they are “ready to engage in safe, consensual sexual activity.” Educators are trained to ask children as young as 12 years old probing questions like:

Why do you think some young people your age are having sex? What other words do we use for touching? What kind of sex can people have by themselves? What other things might people do with their mouths? What kinds of things can people do with their hands?”

Afterwards, children are introduced to various ways to “express their sexual feelings to themselves and other people.” Such as “talking, hugging, holding hands, kissing, touching, saying ‘I like you,’ dancing, massage, masturbation, caressing, cuddling, grinding, sexual fantasy, touching each other’s genitals, oral sex, vaginal sex, anal sex.” Each of these behaviors are defined in graphic detail just to make sure students know how to do them. Other terms such as homosexual, gay, lesbian, bisexual or straight are explained in graphic detail. Any activity that is” sexually pleasurable” and promotes “sexual orgasm” is acceptable as long as it does “not lead to pregnancy or transmission of disease.” However, we know that in many cases it does lead to pregnancy and disease.

Making A Difference! exploits minors, as well as the educators who are mandated to teach it, because it claims to be evidence-based. This means that it has supposedly been proven successful at encouraging abstinence. Making A Difference! was ‘evaluated’ by its authors and the publisher, ETR Associates, is a former publishing arm of Planned Parenthood. Red Flags! This single evaluation was conducted in 1998 on a small sample of students. This is absurd research design!

The outcomes on Making A Difference! revealed that virgin students abstained for only 3 months after the program. No results were reported for sexually experienced students. That is not success! Why have there not been replication studies conducted on this program in the past 21 years? The only relevant changes to the 5th Edition were to make it more inclusive and sensitive towards LGBTQ youth.

Most parents when told that their 12 year old child will receive abstinence education do not expect them to be instructed on oral, anal and vaginal sex. Most parents that we know would be livid if their child were told that any kind of sex – with anyone – at any age – is appropriate and expected. Using trusted authority figures like educators to teach such sensitive information is deceitful.

Protect your child from sexual exploitation! Making A Difference! is not an abstinence education program as it purports to be. Check out the links in this article before you allow your child into this sex class. Be sure to OPT OUT while you still can. Share this info with other parents. Opting Out sends a message to your school administrators that this type of education is not appropriate for children.

The Protect Child Health Coalition (PCHC), a project of Family Watch International, is a national coalition of parents and professionals. PCHC exists to provide you with the information, tools and resources you need to protect your children.

Opt Out of Reducing the Risk!

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Mary S. McLellan, MS, SRAS      ~      Sexual Risk Avoidance Specialist

Will your child take Reducing the Risk this year in sex education? Parents, beware of this Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) program. Reducing the Risk claims to protect students, but it grooms them to engage in risky sexual activity!

Reducing the Risk says that it’s an abstinence-based program, but it redefines abstinence to mean “choosing not to do any sexual activity that carries a risk for pregnancy or STD/HIV.” This completely made-up definition for abstinence means that as long as condoms and/or contraception are used and fluids are not exchanged, any type of sexual activity is acceptable and considered ‘safe!’

Family Watch International has developed “The CSE Harmful Elements Analysis Tool,” which includes 15 Harmful Elements typically found in CSE. Each program analyzed is scored based on actual harmful content from the curriculum, including workbooks, videos, and facilitator materials. So, what about Reducing the Risk?

Reducing the Risk (5th Edition) contains 15/15 of the harmful elements typically found in CSE curricula or materials. Reducing the Risk, and therefore anyone who teaches it, grooms children to engage in sexual activity that can have life-long consequences.

Reducing the Risk not only normalizes child sex, it teaches them how to consent to sex through role plays. Anal, oral and vaginal sex are promoted as long as condoms are used. Homosexual/bisexual behaviors and the child’s right to experience sexual pleasure are all a part of Reducing the Risk. Explicit details about orgasm for both boys and girls are described. Students are taught that even mutual masturbation is a harmless activity for children to engage.

Reducing the Risk goes far beyond condom demonstrations to teach students how to make using condoms fun, exciting, and romantic. The goal of Reducing the Risk is to avoid unprotected sex and DON’T GET PREGNANT! As long as a condom is used and fluids are not exchanged any type of sex at any age is acceptable. Also, students are assigned to “locate clinics” and to learn about their services, condoms, and other forms of contraception to “decide which method(s) might be best for them.”

Throughout Reducing the Risk, students are not given the option to return to an abstinent lifestyle, but simply to “avoid unprotected sex.” Teachers are also trained to be inclusive, to affirm transgender ideology and sexual orientation through role plays and group discussions. Anything goes!

Not surprising, Reducing the Risk undermines parental rights by denigrating traditional values. The program encourages students to decide for themselves when they are ready for sex. Children are told that they do not need their parent’s permission to get contraception or to be tested for STDs/HIV. They’re encouraged to take their boyfriends or girlfriends with them to family planning clinics. Parents are completely irrelevant!

Maybe this kind of content doesn’t bother you. But, don’t you think federally funded CSE programs should at least be proven effective at protecting your child’s sexual health? Reducing the Risk fails to protect students from life-long consequences of sexual activity.

Research findings released in 2018 on Reducing the Risk revealed that while students learned a lot about sex, that knowledge did not translate into reducing sexual activity, reducing sexual intercourse without protection, and it did not reduce pregnancies. “The program had no effects on refusal skills or intentions for future sexual behavior at either time point.”  Yet, Reducing the Risk is still funded with your tax dollars and taught in half of U.S. states!

Parents, OPT OUT of Reducing the Risk while you still can! California has already mandated that parents cannot OPT OUT their students. They must take CSE programs like Reducing the Risk regardless of content or effectiveness.

Your child deserves better sexual health education than Reducing the Risk! Demand it!

The Protect Child Health Coalition (PCHC), a project of Family Watch International, is  a national coalition of parents and professionals. PCHC exists to provide you with the information, tools and resources you need to protect your children.