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As a teen, Stephanie sat through six years of abstinence-only programs in school. Her husband received similar messages. They both learned the same thing: sex is bad.
Even though they both were children of medical professionals, they suffered two unintended pregnancies. Why? Talking about contraceptives made them uncomfortable. Using or buying them was "awkward."
"I blame this 'humiliation factor' mainly on the curricula and attitudes I was exposed to," Stephanie says. After three years of "terrible heartache" in her marriage over sex, she wrote SIECUS to share her story because she doesn't want others to be scarred by the abstinence-only, anti-sex message being taught in schools. And she desperately wants to find a better way to teach her own son about sex.
With the help of people like you, SIECUS stands on the front lines fighting for the right of all people to accurate information about sexuality.
Our government has spent an astonishing $1.5 billion in federal dollars on abstinence-only programs that have no basis in science, ignore the values and beliefs of millions of Americans, endanger the lives of young people, and are a proven failure. Worse, our government plans to spend more of our money on this failed policy!
SIECUS is working on all fronts to move our progressive agenda forward. But we cannot do it without your help. Please act now to be part of the solution by sending as generous a gift as you can to SIECUS today.