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Press Release (09-22-10): PPDE Celebrates National Family Sexuality Education Month and Offers Free Training on the ‘Sexting’ Craze and Protecting Youth

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Published: 09.22.10| Updated: 10.07.10

(Wilmington, DE)—Planned Parenthood of Delaware’s nationally-recognized Sexuality Education and Training Institute (SETI) celebrates National Family Sexuality Education Month in October by offering:  The Sexting Craze: Can We Protect Youth from Sex and Technology? on October 19, 2010, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. for no cost.  The program will take place at 140 E. Delaware Ave. in Newark.

Teens and young people are being exposed to more sexual images than ever before. Sexting (which is exchanging sexually explicit photos or messages) alone has become a pervasive problem with 1 in 5 teens admitting to having sent or received sexually explicit texts. What can parents and providers do to protect youth from the negative consequences of these behaviors? This workshop will include discussing sexting with teens, prevention strategies for youth, and adult-teen communication tips. For questions about SETI’s classes or to register for the workshop, please contact 302.224.8099 ext.110 or e-mail edudept@ppde.org

The question can be asked:  why celebrate sex ed month at all?  Because age-appropriate, medically-accurate sex education makes a difference. With an estimated 750,000 unplanned teen pregnancies and 4 million new sexually transmitted infection (STI) diagnoses per year among teens, more must be done.  Pregnancy and STIs are 100% preventable and providing youth with factual, age-appropriate information is the first step.

“Numerous studies have shown that comprehensive sex education can help kids abstain from sex, increase contraceptive use, and reduce teen pregnancies,” said Dr. Catherine Dukes, Vice President of SETI at Planned Parenthood of Delaware.  “At SETI, we are committed to sharing the appropriate information and busting the myth that sex education increases sexual activity. Quite the opposite, with appropriate education, youth actually delay the onset of sexual activity and are smarter about it if they decide to become sexually active.”
 
Reasons for Sex Ed
1. It works! Teen pregnancy and STI rates have been proven to decrease among students who received comprehensive sexuality education.
2. Families benefit.  Youth who have an open, supportive relationship with their parents are less likely to engage in sexual activity and risky behaviors.
3. Television, magazines, and the internet provide a constant stream of sexual messages.
4. Research shows abstinence-only education doesn’t work!  Youth need to be given the tools to make smart decisions regarding personal sexual health.
5. Teen mothers account for 10% of all U.S. births.
6. In 2009, more than half of high school students in Delaware reported having had sexual intercourse at least once.
7. Studies on the impact of comprehensive sexuality education on condom usage revealed a 48% increase in use.
8. It is a myth that sex education encourages sexual activity. Having accurate, age-appropriate knowledge about sexuality is the key to making healthy decisions.
9. Sexuality education includes information on abstinence as well as healthy decision making and all forms of birth control.

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About SETI
The Sexuality Education Training Institute (SETI) of Planned Parenthood of Delaware provides comprehensive sexuality education, professional training and outreach to youth, adults, parents and professionals throughout the State of Delaware.  We are dedicated to empowering individuals to make healthy and responsible choices.

About PPDE
The mission of PPDE is to ensure the right of all individuals to access the appropriate information and the services necessary to make and act on personal decisions related to their own reproduction, sexuality, and health. Planned Parenthood provides family planning, prenatal care, abortion, cancer screening and prevention, health education, and more. The agency serves all three counties, has operated in Delaware for over 75 years, and serves over 11,000 clients a year.   For further information, visit www.ppdel.org.

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