Who we are:
Keystone Coalition for Advancing Sex Education's mission is to foster a happier and healthier generation by reforming sexuality education into a comprehensive and inclusive model that helps to prevent sexual violence, reduce sexually transmitted infections, and empowers young people with knowledge. We want to dramatically shift our culture that feeds students shame and resentment about sexuality towards a new, science-based model that empowers healthy sexual awareness and decision making by teaching unbiased, medically accurate, and comprehensive lessons. Our organization plans to mandate successful sex education through three tiers of action: awareness, advocacy, and political action.
Keystone CASE is a pending nonprofit organization.
Four Areas of Focus:
1. Sexually Transmitted Infections
2. Unintended Pregnancy Rates
3. Neglected Student Populations
4. Addressing the Sexual Assault Epidemic
Sexually Transmitted Infections:
Transmission Rates & Associated Costs
Sexually transmitted infections are a serious public health concern and we need to start investing in proven techniques to lower the transmission rates. The CDC estimates nearly 20 million new infections occur each year with 50% of them are ages 15-24. Data also shows us one in four teens contract an STI each year. Those numbers are compelling.
In theory, abstinence education would be working to teach students how to properly protect their bodies from STIs but the reality is common abstinence-only programs distort information about the effectiveness of contraceptives, misrepresent risks, enforce harmful stereotypes and gender roles, and disregard basic scientific fact and that’s direct from a report by the Government Reform Committee.
Apart from transmission rates, sexually transmitted infections are expensive. The CDC reports each year, STIs cost the United States about 16 billion dollars in health care expenses.
With just 16 billion dollars we could fully fund Planned Parenthood for more than 12 years. Expand the network of community health centers for lower income Americans. Or even provide free condoms to the entire US population for decades. That kind of money is an astronomical waste when you realize it can be drastically reduced by implementing proven education and public health techniques to avoid STIs.
Teen and Unintended Pregnancy Rates
According to the Advocates for Youth, Researchers studying that National Survey of Family Growth found that teens who received comprehensive sex education were 50% less likely to experience pregnancy than those who received abstinence-only education. It is clear that students who learn medically accurate, unbiased, and comprehensive information are less likely to experience an unintended pregnancy.
Neglected Student Populations:
The LGBTQ+ Community and Students with Disabilities.
Abstinence education programs neglect a significant amount of students. The LGBTQ+ population is disproportionately affected by these programs. According to a survey from a coalition of human rights groups, less than just 5% of lgbt students had classes that included a positive view on lgbt topics. That lack of exposure breeds misinformation and misunderstanding in the classroom that manifests in discrimination and hate later on. Many of these programs even go as far as teaching LGBTQ+ students that they are unnatural.
All students in this country deserve comprehensive and inclusive sex educaiton and LGBTQ students are not even the only groups disportionatly affected. Students with disabilities, both physical and intellectual, are rarely given relevant, comprehensive, and inclusive education.
It is imperative that we as a nation decide to stop discrimination in the classroom, and start empowering our youth with the proper knowledge for success. Our nation's greatness only relies the will we have to reach out and include those on the peripherals of our society. So it is seriously time that we reach out to the LGBTQ+ community and all those who are underserved under abstinence programs by reforming our standards to comprehensive sex ed, which is inclusive to all.
Sexual Assault Epidemic:
Education is the answer.
It is on each and every one of us to act on the sexual assault epidemic. Right now, in America, every 98 seconds someone is sexually assaulted.
Advancing sex education in schools to talk about sexual assault, consent, and safe sex are all ways we can educate people and prevent sexual violence. Abstinence education programs leave out all of these important discussions. By implementing comprehensive sex education we have a real change to make a change.
We thank the courageous women and men who have been stepping up saying loudly and clearly that TIME’S UP. We should not be living in a country that silences and ostracizes survivors and covers up their stories with defamation and delegitimization.
All of us can do better to stand with survivors, hear and believe their stories, and work to create a society that is comfortable and safe for all genders and sexualiies to live without the fear of sexual violence and harassment. And that work starts in the classroom by teaching students about respect, breaking down harmful stereotypes, teaching students about consent, and the consequences of sexual violence. Comprehensive sex education has the opportunity to make a serious difference.