The War on Abstinence Continues

Via Project Reality:

NEW SIECUS REPORT ATTACKING ABSTINENCE PROGRAMS GIVES INACCURATE INFORMATION ABOUT CURRICULA CONTENT July 19, 2006 (Glenview, IL) – A report released today from the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS), accuses abstinence programs, including Project Reality’s Game Plan program of relying on inaccurate and misleading information and fear and shame-based messages. SIECUS is an anti-abstinence education organization that fights against federal funding for abstinence programs, and advocates for more federal funding for condom-based sex education. In fact, the quote that SIECUS uses in accusing Game Plan of being fear and shame based and inaccurate, is, in itself, inaccurate.

Oh, the irony!

The SIECUS report quotes Game Plan as stating to students, “Even if you’ve been sexually active, it’s never too late to say no. You can’t go back but you can go forward. You might feel guilty or unworthy, but you can start over again.” In fact, the quote, from page 45 of Game Plan states, “You can’t go back in life, but you can always go forward. Even if you’ve been sexually active, it’s never too late to start over again.”

SIECUS has proven once again that its stock-in-trade is equal parts moral bankruptcy and incompetence — an extraordinarily dangerous combination. Project Reality director Libby Macke commented:

SIECUS clearly did not research our programs thoroughly and accurately. It is likely that other inaccuracies exist in their report focusing on 50 states using abstinence education programs.

Quite so.

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