Mary S. McLellan, MS, SRAS ~ Sexual Risk Avoidance Specialist
Last week, the Charleston County School District had the audacity to protect the innocence of middle school students from the Sexual Rights Agenda. They voted unanimously to REJECT the Appendix to Making A Difference!, a Comprehensive Sex Education curriculum. The Board said that the Appendix contained inappropriate information for students in middle school.
Maybe it’s Halloween, but all Hell has broken loose! The horns are out from every Sexual Rights organization in and outside of South Carolina. How dare the school district defy them! The Sexual Rights Cartel is livid and won’t stop until parents and taxpayers tell them to shut-up and keep their hands off of children!
Who are these Sexual Rights organizations in SC demanding that minors learn how to have so-called “safe sex?” According to the media buzz, they are Women’s Rights & Empowerment Network – a new organization established by New Morning Foundation/Tell Them SC – Florence Crittenton, and Charleston County Teen Pregnancy Prevention Council, which is part of the SC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. They all work in concert with the media: Post & Courier, Charleston Currents, and the National Coalition to Support Sexuality Education to promote the Sexual Rights Agenda through taxpayer supported government infrastructure.
The so-called “revised” Making A Difference! curriculum has not been evaluated for effectiveness and it is doubtful that it is any different or better from the original 1998 version. The original version was never evaluated in a school based setting. Even then…
“The study did not find any statistically significant program impacts on rates of sexual intercourse for adolescents who were sexually experienced at baseline, or on frequency of sexual intercourse, condom use, or unprotected sexual intercourse for the full sample. The study found no statistically significant program impacts for the follow-ups conducted six and 12 months after the program ended.”
Making A Difference! is touted as an “abstinence” program, but the title tells the true story: “Making A Difference!” An Abstinence Approach to Prevent STDs, HIV and Teen Pregnancy.” It is not an authentic abstinence education program because appropriate boundaries for sex, such as commitment, monogamy and marriage, are not discussed. Without boundaries anything is permissible! The term “abstinence approach” is often used to deceive school districts, teachers, parents and taxpayers into thinking that they are supporting an effective sex ed program.
Why is this program not age appropriate? Middle school students are typically 11-13 years old. They are minors, which means that they are legally incapable of consenting to sex. Laws are written to protect minors from sexual predators or anyone that would make them vulnerable to enticement into sexual activities. This is a very serious matter in our culture.
Charleston County School Board is more than justified in nixing the Making A Difference! Appendix. It includes information about sexual orientation (which is a violation of state law), inaccurate and misleading information about the effectiveness of condoms, and ambiguous language about the definition of abstinence. It also suggests that sexual foreplay is an appropriate alternative to intercourse, and it normalizes sexual relationships for minors.
Judge for yourself! Here are just a few examples found in the Making A Difference! Appendix:
- Pg. 222-225. Role Plays about Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual relationships.
- Pg. 228 #9. (True) or False. “Anyone who has unprotected sex or shares needles can get HIV.”
- While this is technically a true statement, it is also true that ‘Anyone who has protected sex (condoms) can get HIV.’ People still get HIV, even when using a condom. Condoms do not make sex safe enough.
- Adolescents are primarily concrete thinkers and their brains have not developed to the point of higher abstract and critical thinking. Most adolescents (11-13) will not notice the discrepancies in their statement, which implies that using a condom is ‘just about’ as safe as abstinence.
- Pg. 229
- #16. Implies that condoms are 100% effective at preventing HIV transmission. This is medically inaccurate, in fact fraudulent, information. Condoms can only reduce the risk of HIV infection.
- Pg. 229, #20. Suggests sexual foreplay ideas and defines all of the listed behaviors as “sexual behaviors.”
- Legal minors are asked to select 3 “sexual behaviors” that will not exchange bodily fluids.
- Avoiding bodily fluids is not the only danger of having sex. This activity implies that sex is OK as long as bodily fluids are not transmitted.
- 11-13 year old minors are legally incapable of consenting to sex. To normalize sex for minors makes educators complicit in contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
- 252. The definition of abstinence is inadequate, misleading, and narrowly focused only on sexual intercourse.
- In Making A Difference!, as well as in most Comprehensive Sex Education programs, abstinence is often defined as “not engaging in sexual intercourse of any type (oral, anal or vaginal).” This definition allows for sexual foreplay, which can transmit STDs, and often leads to sexual intercourse.
- The medically accurate and age appropriate definition for abstinence is “not engaging in any sexual activity of any type, including oral, anal or vaginal.
The Sexual Rights Cartel has exposed their horns. They are not interested in protecting kids. They only want access to them.
Write the Charleston County School Board today and tell them thank-you for protecting the innocence of children. They need support from parents for this decision.