Sex Education in Public Schools – It’s the Law!
Abstinence, abstinence, abstinence… If that’s the only message you’re getting in school, your school or school district might not be following the law.
The California Healthy Youth Act (AB 329) is a new law that requires public schools to teach comprehensive sex education to students in public school in grades 7-12 – at least once in middle school and once in high school.
State lawmakers passed the law in 2015 and it took effect January 1, 2016.
Comprehensive sex education means that students are taught about healthy relationships, decision-making, and more.
The law requires that California public school students in 7-12 receive information about:
- Sexual harassment, sexual assault, and sex trafficking
- Adolescent relationship abuse, intimate partner violence and sexual coercion
- Sexual orientation and sexuality
- Gender identity, gender roles and gender stereotypes
- Healthy relationships
- Consent, communication and healthy decision-making
- HIV prevention and other STD prevention including testing and treatment
- Pregnancy prevention, parenting, adoption and abortion
- Local health care services
It is your RIGHT to receive this information!
Are YOU getting Comprehensive Sex Education at your school? We want to hear from you!
If you aren’t getting this information tell us and we can help you make sure your school is providing comprehensive sex education and following the law.
For more information on the CA Health Youth Act visit: myschoolmyrights.com/sex-ed.
Learn more about other rights you have as a California youth to get sexual and reproductive health care.
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This blog was reposted from TeenSource.org, a project of Essential Access Health. TeenSource.org is an online hub for comprehensive and teen-friendly information on birth control, STDs, relationships and teen’s rights to accessing sensitive services. The site features youth-developed blogs and videos, a clinic finder, a Condom Access Project and links to TeenSource social media where youth can stay updated on relevant sexual and reproductive health information and news.