A Sexual Risk Avoidance program typically:
• Teaches that abstaining from sexual activity has social, physiological, and health gains
• Teaches that sex outside of marriage has harmful psychological and physical consequences and that abstinence is the expected standard of sexual activity
• Information is provided on condoms or other birth control with an emphasis on failure rates; however, in order to be funded federally, the program must provide medically accurate and balanced information.
• Does not have a majority focus on topics such as abortion and sexual orientation
• Teaches communication skills so that teens can keep from being pressured into sex
• Explains the importance of attaining self-sufficiency before engaging in sexual activity
• Encourages students and their families to support each other in their goals, dreams and family rules
Sexual Risk Avoidance programs are effective according the July 2012 Congressional Report on SRA’s. Campaigns against drinking and driving, underage smoking and texting and driving have had positive results on impacting students to avoid these behaviors. Many CSE’s encourage and entice students into thinking that pre-pubescent and pubescent youth are fully capable of making life altering decisions such as having pre-marital sex and purchasing prescription birth control and having abortions. Future posts will evidence these statements.