Parents, Please Pay Attention!
This new Sex ED program extends way beyond the generic information parents assume will be taught in the classroom. On its face the list of topics can seem reasonable and informative, however, the material is subject to the whim of the district and instructor. Instruction in the classroom will vary from district to district. With some districts being much more graphic and explicit than others.
The government opens the door to the likelihood of your minor child being exposed to what many Parents believe to be inappropriate sexual information. Classroom instruction can include very explicit and graphic explanations of sexual behaviors and techniques that may be considered by many to be shocking and not age appropriate.
Minors will be exposed to various types of sex. The law allows minors to receive instructions in co-ed classrooms from pre-kindergarten to 12th grade. Materials are not limited to written and oral instructions, but can include role-playing, graphics, video, audio and presentations from outside speakers. the material can include topics such as sex toys, vaginal, oral & and anal sex. Our research shows that the State’s teaching on the use of condoms for safe anal sex is inaccurate!
Please note, Contrary to the State’s Instruction on the medically approved safe use of condoms for anal sex, Deborah Kotz of the US Food and Drug Administration is quoted as saying;
“The (FDA), has never specifically approved or cleared a female or male condom for use during anal intercourse.”
Other than condoms, the birth control grid includes teaching of diaphragm and cervical cap, birth control pills, the shot, the patch, vaginal ring, emergency contraception, IUD, implants, spermicidal products, the sponge, vasectomy, tubal ligations, withdrawal method (pulling out), calendars/rhythm method and pregnancy options.
It is unclear how information, so detailed, exposed to so many innocent children, at such early ages can prepare a child for the dangers of sexual activity amongst minor children. Some experts have warned that there can be serious emotional repercussions in exposing minors to extensive and extreme information. There are many challenges in dealing with sex and relationships, some of which can leave lifelong emotional scars. To date, the psychological effects have not been adequately studied nor challenged, yet early research suggests that children from Pre-K to 6 grade are particularly vulnerable.
The inquisitive mind of minors can be ripe for experimentation, exploitation, and exploration. The intense and in-depth teaching of the subject has led some experts to fear children may be encouraged to explore rather than abstain. This leaves many to question the probability of minor children misconstruing the teaching approach and techniques as giving approval. Noting that underage sex is illegal and that sex offenders 15 to18 years of age may not have to register. Some experts are concerned that there may be a potential real danger of transfixing minors into thinking underage sex is OK.
“In the State of California, it is illegal for any minor to have sex with another minor even when agreed to by both minors. It is illegal for minors to engage in this conduct while either one of them is under the age of 18, the offense can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony”. www.juvenilelawcenter.com/sex-between-minors (California Penal Code P.C 261.5., PC 288 (a), P.C. 289 (h), P.C. 272, P.C.261)
In reviewing the law as it relates to Sex ED for children from pre-K to 6th grade, there seems to be no provisions or requirements for medically accurate and age-appropriate teaching. The Parents Voice USA is deeply concerned with the issue of privacy, from Pre-K through High school. We are requesting that all tests, assignments, and questioners, not limited to and without exception, be returned to the Children and that no assignment, test, questioners, not limited to and without exception, be submitted on Google, Apple or any other educational Internet sites.
The Parents Voice USA also recommends that “lesson plans” relating to Sex ED be posted on the school’s web site and in hard copy in the office at least 1 week prior to the lesson being taught.in all grade levels, to include names and information of any and all invited guest speakers.
2. We ask that Pre-K to 6th grade be excluded from this mandate until the psychological impact is assessed
3. We appeal to the lawmakers to amend the legislation to allow 7th & 8th-grade parents to *OPT-IN,
Eliminating the complicated *OPT-OUT ruling.
4. The OPT-OUT provision in High School, is acceptable, pending a review of the program by our board.
Has the government usurped the authority of trained medical professional, Pediatricians, Gynecologist? Has the government usurped the moral obligations of the Religious Community? And ultimately, has the government usurped the authority of Parents? Parents should be concerned.
The Parents Voice USA
* “Opt-in” is the process when positive action is required in order to subscribe: “OPT-out” choose not to participate
Comprehensive Sexual Health Topics
Session 1: Introduction, Values Clarification, parent Communication, and Resources
Create a safe place for students to discuss sexual health topics in class and anonymously through the Anonymous Question Box
Session 2: Sexual and Reproductive Anatomy Female and male sexual and reproductive anatomy is taught through discussion, video, and matching assignment
Session 3: Gender and Sexual Identities Understand the diversity of sexual identities (LGBTQ) and the importance of being inclusive of all gender and sexual identities
Session 4: Not Having Sex: Abstinence Understand what risks can be associated with specific types of sex
Learn that not having sex (abstinence) is the most effective way to prevent pregnancy and STIs
Session 5: Birth Control Learn about FDA approved birth control methods and their effectiveness rate
Session 6: Pregnancy Options Identify legal options in the United States for a person who becomes pregnant
Identify resources for a person who becomes pregnant
Session 7: Sexually Transmitted Infections Understand what an STI is, including HIV/AIDS Identify what makes an STI curable or treatable
Session 8: Relationships Understand different forms of relationship abuse and their indicators Emphasize abusers’ responsibility and avoid survivor-blaming Discuss resources to help teenagers seek help if they are in an unsafe relationship
Session 9: Body Image and the Media Analyze how media influence our body image and cultural ideas about sex, relationships, and sexuality
Session 10: Sexual Violence Prevention Define the following sexual crimes: sexual harassment, sexual assault, rape, and sex trafficking Learn about warning signs of sex trafficking
Session 11: Communication and Decision Making Understand the importance of communication and trust in a sexual relationship Practice communicating with friends and partners about sexual pressure Emphasize communication with a trusted adult to support sexual health decision-making
Session 12: Review
Click on the link below to view and download the Opt-Out form. You must select a minimum of 2 sessions in your opt-out form. Submit this to your child's school principal.
You Can Take Action
Click on the votes tab in these pages to see how your state senator and assembly legislators voted. If you are as unhappy about this legislation as other parents are, let your voice be heard. Click on the link below to find your district. Then look for your California state senate and assembly representative and contact them.