This abstinence education program contains little or no information about puberty, anatomy, sexually transmitted diseases, or sexual behavior, nor does it include information about the health benefits of contraception or condoms. It relies on inaccurate, fear-based classroom exercises, promotes heterosexual marriage as the only happy and healthy life path, harps on the potential harm of premarital relationships, promotes hoary gender roles and stereotypes and entirely ignores the existence of LGBT people. The evidence of the program’s effectiveness is highly questionable. A report ordered by Congress concluded that Heritage Keepers “had little or no impact on sexual abstinence or activity.”
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