Sexual Risk Avoidance (SRA) Education: Considerations for Protecting Teen Health

A Report by the National Abstinence Education Association (NAEA)

June 2012

Today, American teens encounter unprecedented pressures from all sides to engage in sexual activity. Media, the culture in general, and even sex educa- tion classes too often communicate a message that encourages sexual experimentation i and down- plays the risks associated with that behavior.

Parents and taxpayers are told that so-called “Comprehensive” Sex Education (CSE) programs offer the best approach to address this problem. In reality, these programs…

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