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Your teenager's sexual rights

Education

Dr. Miriam Grossman is the author of Unprotected: A Campus Psychiatrist Reveals How Political Correctness in Her Profession Endangers Every Student, a book I highly recommend to the parent of any teenager considering college. Grossman originally wrote that book anonymously, but has since become an outspoken opponent of the culture of sexual permissiveness and the adults who promote it.

Dr. Grossman recently wrote a piece for Townhall.com about an organization called SIECUS, which stands for Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States. Why should you care about SIECUS? Because there's a good chance your public schools are using its materials in "health" class.

While SIECUS makes polite references to supporting parents, the information it provides and promotes does anything but.

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On the SIECUS website, adolescents are directed to a downloadable mini-book called Talk About Sex. Here's a small sampling of what teens are told:

"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. . . . At every point in your life, you can choose if and how to express your sexuality. . . . These may include decisions about . . . what sexual behaviors you want to do/when/and with whom. . . . It is up to you to determine how much risk you are willing to take. . . ."

SIECUS, as Grossman writes, is "a powerful organization that has set the standard for sex education in this country for nearly fifty years." Its materials are used in schools throughout the country. And its influence may have reached closer than you think.

For example, in the town next door to mine, a former president of SIECUS taught at the local high school and gave a presentation to middle school parents called "Raising Sexually Healthy Young People."

So beware of wolves in sheep's clothing, or anything with the name SIECUS on it.

Marcia Segelstein
Marcia Segelstein

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