I was on the Michael Medved show this week, debating Martha Kempner, the VP of information and education at SIECUS, the Sexual Information and Education Council of the US.
If you’re a parent, you need to know about SIECUS, a powerful organization that has set the standard for sex education in this country for nearly fifty years. Until now, the messages SIECUS provides our kids have not been scrutinized. I thank Mr Medved for giving me the opportunity to expose how this prominent group deceives the public and endangers the health and well-being of our children.
Ms. Kempner’s position during the exchange demonstrated the deceptive strategies of SIECUS adopting different positions depending on the audience. In public forums and in their official policy statements their position is: parents, we are coming from the same place you are. We are primarily concerned with your child’s health. We tell your teens the same thing you do – that it’s best for them to delay sexual activity.
But in material for teens, the message is about sexual rights and the freedom to make their own decisions at any age, regardless of what adults think.
For example, the pamphlet All About Sex was co-authored by Ms Kempner. It is the first resource suggested to young people when they log on to the SIECUS website, and it is distributed in schools, Ms. Kempner stated during the debate, to those in grades 9 and up.
All About Sex begins by informing kids that “sexuality is a part of who you are”, and that “everyone has their own way of expressing their sexuality”. Then, over the next eight pages, kids learn about their “sexual rights”. While all parents would agree that a child has the right to refuse unwanted touch, many would be alarmed at the other “rights” described on these pages.
Ms. Kempner begins,
“Every human being has basic rights. Still, adults may say and do things that make young people feel like they don’t have rights. It’s important for you to know your rights so that you can stand up for yourself when necessary.”
She continues: “At every point in your life, you can choose if and how to express your sexuality.” Later: “It is up to you to determine how much risk you are willing to take.” And: “Many teens choose to be sexually active and many choose not to. You have the right to decide exactly what behaviors, if any, you are comfortable participating in….”