Sex Ed Works Better When It Addresses Power

Two key ideas in this article from National Public Ratio, specifically about the importance of communication and knowing your rights. 

Knowing how to communicate and negotiate with sexual partners, and knowing how to distinguish between healthy and abusive sexual relationships, is as important as knowing how to put on a condom.

- Ralph DiClemente, a professor of public health at Emory University

Young men are bombarded with messages that trivialize violence against women or pressure men to be tough, Haberland says. "And in the media, women are told they shouldn't be sexual, but they should look sexy."
By helping young people sort through these ideas and understand what healthy relationships look like, sex education programs can help them make better decisions about sex and relationships, she says.

 Nicole Haberland, a researcher at the Population Council, a nonprofit research organization focused on sexual health.


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Give Us Your Poor, Your Cold, Your Homeless – Unless They Are Sex Offenders

A heart-breaking read on the National Reform Sex Offender Laws blog about how many people experiencing homelessness, and are registered sex offenders, are denied shelter - even in the bitter cold of winter. 

For many [homeless] shelters, the rules are simple; you are welcome unless you have previously caused a serious problem while a guest with them OR unless you are a registered sex offender. If you are on the registry, you don’t get in, and this is based on nothing but being part of a group who are as totally diverse in deeds and character as it is possible to be. Most had a single offense, many fifteen and twenty and even thirty years ago. Some of the offenses were misdemeanors. Many of the offenses were statutory. Most were non-violent. Many were non-contact. Some were not even sexually related. Some—some studies suggest up to a third—were committed when the offender was a child or a minor. 

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Try Youth As Youth

In Chicago at the David Weinberg Photography Gallery from February 13 - May 9, 2015. 

Try Youth As Youth is an exhibition examining the juvenile justice system in America through photography, sculpture, and video installation works that aim to shed light on the lives of incarcerated youth. Curated in collaboration with the legendary American Civil Liberties Union and David Weinberg Photography, the show features images and objects by four artists with a  shared dedication to institutional reform of the systems that far too often dehumanize young people and fail to provide them with adequate conditions and services. 

Follow this exhibit and conversation on social media using #TryYouthAsYouth