Federal Abstinence Only Until Marriage Curricula
List and Reviews of Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Curricula
SIECUS REVIEWS FEAR-BASED, ABSTINENCE-ONLY-UNTIL-MARRIAGE CURRICULA
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In recent years there has been a proliferation of abstinence-only-until-marriage curricula and materials designed to control young people's sexual behavior by instilling fear, shame, and guilt. As the federal government continues to pour funding into abstinence-only-until-marriage programs, more and more states and communities must decide whether these curricula are appropriate for their young people.
To help parents, educators, and community members better understand these programs, SIECUS frequently reviews popular fear-based, abstinence-only-until-marriage curricula. SIECUS has recently reviewed six such curricula: Choosing the Best PATH, Choosing the Best LIFE, I'm In Charge of the FACTS, FACTS and Reasons, A.C. Green's Game Plan, and Sex Respect.
Although they vary, these curricula share a number of common characteristics: they are based on religious beliefs, rely on fear and shame, omit important information, include inaccurate information, and present stereotypes and biases as fact.
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