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Abstinence, Abortion Rates & America’s Disastrous Sex Education

Incomplete sex education programs don’t always lead to pregnancy or abortion. However, research shows these factors are highly correlated. In light of recent legislation passed in Alabama, Georgia and Missouri to essentially ban abortions and place harsh restrictions on women seeking to terminate their pregnancy, it is worth paying attention to the context that led us here. How our country’s conservative attitude towards sex and positive views of religion and family relates to the education

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Here’s Why STDs Are On the Rise

The past few years have been record-breaking in terms of the sheer number of STIs present in the country, particularly among adolescents and young adults. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 4 15 to 19 year old sexually active females have an STD. Additionally, 15 to 24 year olds account for half of the 20 million new STIs occurring each year, 65% of the 98% rise of chlamydia between 2000 and 2016,

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The Reproductive Justice Leadership Institute: A Pro-Choice Weekend in Kansas

This weekend, I had the privilege of attending the Kansas Reproductive Justice Leadership Institute (RJLI), and I am, for lack of a better term, shook. The event is run by URGE (Unite for Reproductive and Gender Equity) and took place at Emporia State University, where I study. About twenty pro-choice folks around Kansas met up to discuss reproductive justice and intersectionality. It was a welcoming environment that understood and respected everyone’s identities and backgrounds. I

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It’s Okay To Use Birth Control For — You Guessed It — Birth Control

It’s that time again when those of us who use birth control are being told we should be denied access to this basic daily dose of medication and safety. As many of you already know, earlier this month 45 decided that employers should be able to deny contraceptive coverage in their employees’ insurance if it goes against their beliefs. I know I know, we’re still fighting even in 2017. Millions of people use birth control

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Free Condoms Are Not What’s Limiting Access to Free Menstrual Products

Tampons are expensive, and ridiculously so. Why should we have to pay for menstrual products when people simply cannot control their cycles? I doubt any of us uterus-equipped folks want to have periods – isn’t the price our bodies pay enough?   Tampons should be free but that doesn’t mean we should be bashing free condoms. These are two separate issues; we don’t have free condoms available instead of tampons. Condoms are a form of

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Why Prevention of Sexually Transmitted Diseases Is Crucial

Although the media may portray sex as a touchy topic, it is more than normal. However, in some cases, there are extreme consequences to intercourse. Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are something people do not think about often before getting into bed with a partner. Many think that even when they do contract a disease, they can take a pill and everything will be okay. Unfortunately, many, if not most STDs, do not work that way.

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A List of Things Sex-Ed Never Taught Me

Sex Education in this country is failing our youth. As someone who vividly remembers what sex-ed was like in my school, I can confirm that in states like mine where abstinence-only programs are taught, they are not teaching preparing kids. Young people in this country are walking away from sex-ed without what they need to know to have safe sex if they choose to do so. It is time to face the facts: teenagers have

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We Should All Be Survivor Advocates

Sexual assault is a crime perpetrated on 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men before the age of 18. Yet somehow there is a stigma that gives people an excuse to shame survivors. People are shushed every day when they try to speak out about their assault, but that does not have to be the case. Everyone should be a survivor advocate. In order to make this happen, a survivor advocate is someone

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Why Students Need To Be Educated on Rape and Sexual Assault

Over 99 percent of sexual assault perpetrators walk free. Think about that. Out of 1000 rapes, 994 of the perpetrators will not be convicted. This means their crimes were either reported and they were not convicted, or their crimes were never reported in the first place. Either way, someone who has violated another person gets away with little to no punishment for their crimes. In the United States, sex education is not mandatory. It is up

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Consent Education Is NOT a Partisan Issue

One in 4 girls and  1 in 6 boys will be sexually assaulted before the age of 18, 1 in 5 women and 1 in 71 men have experienced rape at some point in their life. Statistically, this means every single person knows a survivor of sexual assault no matter their political views, religious beliefs, geographical location, sexuality, or ethnicity. Consent education is still seen as a partisan issue even though everyone knows a survivor. Before starting the discussion,

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