Petition to Paul Kyllo
Freedom to Freely Talk About Sexual Topics for Students and Teachers
The teachers of the Salem-Keizer school district are being forced to report everything to DHS involving any sexual activity with students and even their own children (if they attend school in the district). If it is found that teachers have withheld any information regarding this topic they may be fined and potentially lose their job. This leaves students with no one. The students no longer have that safe teacher they can talk to. Instead the students must find a way to be sneaky and hide so that they don't get reported, which could leave to several more issues. On top of this, the Teachers are losing their right to parent their children. Say the child made a mistake, they won't be able to go to their parent without fear of being reported, and the teacher will have to live with knowing their child can't trust them. What if there's a rape or some kind of sexual assault? The victim could potentially be brushed aside because DHS has a bunch of reports they are dealing with coming from Teachers. A lot of these cases will be taken to court when there are bigger issues to focus on. The school district is also doing nothing to communicate this new rule to parents, students, and the community. In the long run this new rule will end up hurting students and staff.
Petition to U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives
Protect Our Kids from Sexual Violence: Pass the Teach Safe Relationships Act
*Updated July 28th, 2015 Last fall, we organized the group Yes All Daughters and led a protest after multiple teenage girls in our hometown of Norman, OK were raped by the same classmate and then bullied out of their school. The administration was ill-equipped to handle these cases, and their peers blamed and shamed them. The perpetrator was arrested following our protest and pled no contest to two counts of first degree rape on Monday, May 18, 2015. According to the Department of Justice, nearly 300,000 Americans are victims of rape and sexual assault each year. Young women between the ages of 16 and 24 experience the highest rate of intimate partner violence. WE CAN DO BETTER. As a direct result of our effort, the state legislature introduced a bill addressing Sexual Assault Prevention Education in Oklahoma. Last week, our governor signed the legislation into law. THIS IS ONLY THE BEGINNING. The Teach Safe Relationships Act of 2015 requires schools across the nation to create curriculum that teaches kids about healthy relationships, how to spot abusive behavior, and promotes understanding of consent and sexual assault. It will teach teens where to turn for help, and ensures that help will be there when they do. It is imperative Congress passes this important legislation. We demand Congress provide funding for this legislation, including funding to coordinate this crucial initiative’s program development with state-level resources. The Bill has been added as a provision to the Every Child Achieves Act. We ask that you contact your legislators immediately to demand they support Title IV; Section D of the Every Child Achieves Act and that this language remains intact as the bill moves through Congress. THIS CANNOT WAIT. Girls ages 16-19 are four times more likely than the general population to be victims of rape, attempted rape, or sexual assault. Educating teens about issues of consent and healthy relationships is essential to reversing these horrifying statistics. EDUCATION IS PREVENTION Sign Our Petition. Stand with us against Sexual Violence. No more Silence. No more Shame.
Petition to Governing board, Craig Mussi, Diane Douglas, Patti Husey, Patty Kennedy, Susan Maland, Andrew Pulcipher, Pam Reicks, Martin Quezada, Diali Avila, Bryan Howard, Cecile Richards, David Schapira, Planned Parenthood
Introduce Sex-Ed into Arizona High-schools
In the United States many schools do not offer any form of a sexual education class. However, once it is approved by a school district's governing board then an educational class is allowed to be introduced into a high school's curriculum. By this point if a class is incorporated into a school's educational standards it is abstinence based. At Moon Valley High School while a sexual education class is not taught a class called C.O.O.P is offered. This class teaches the students how to care for a child and to help raise one. Despite offering a class meant to teach about children there is not a class offered specifically to teach students about Sexual activities and safe practices and the effects of engaging in such. This is due to Arizona being an abstinence based state despite having no formal laws mandating any form of sex ed. By not teaching and offering this class to students, many will wrongfully engage in activities that may lead to diseases and even higher concerns without even knowing they entered the situation with a huge risk factor. By not being aware, it may tremendously affect the life of an everyday student, all of which could be prevented by offering such classes to those who attend high school. As a high school student who attends regularly at Moon Valley I believe sex ed should be offered and have an opt-out based curriculum. While some cities in Arizona do offer some form of sex ed, it is in no legislation passed that the information has to be comprehensive sex ed, nor does it have to consist of 100 percent actuality and facts. Moon Valley, as well as all other high schools in Arizona need to start offering these courses to their students NOW, not "in a year or so". I firmly believe we need to make a change and begin having a sex ed course offered in every high school in Arizona that must be 100% factual.
Petition to Lori Simms
Help create a comprehensive Sex Education plan for Kettering City Schools
The Kettering City School District has in place an abstinence only sex education plan that is hindering the ability for its youth to grow into their sexuality and normalizes the idea that sex should be shamed. It is not allowed in classrooms to teach about contraceptives and their potential benefits and downsides. Instead, students are taught that they just should not have sex at all until they are married and that this person should be the only person they are ever with. However, this is impractical. While I feel that it is for the best that middle school and high school students be told that they should not be having sex at that time, they should be taught about contraceptives and how they work for when the time comes that they are ready. It is impractical to teach abstinence until marriage education for many reasons, some of which are that the average person will first have sex at age 17, the average woman will have around four sexual partners in their life and the average man will have around six, and that women around eighty-nine percent of the time and men around ninety percent of the time will have sex before marriage. For these reasons and many others this type of education is impractical and detrimental to young teens.