Let's face it, relationships are difficult. They can be absolutely wonderful or tremendously draining. An unhealthy relationship can negatively affect an individual's quality of life. Relationships are the foundation of all society starting with the family and stretching to all areas of life, each with their own challenges and temptations.
Sexual Risk Avoidance (SRA) education provides a holistic approach that stresses character building for healthy relationships and focuses on normalizing sexual delay for youth. SRA education helps teens understand that while sex can be a natural and wonderful aspect of being a human being, sex as a teen is a risky behavior that can have life altering consequences.
While sexually transmitted diseases (STD's) affect individuals of all ages, STD's take a particularly heavy toll on young people. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that youth between the ages of 15-24 make up just one quarter of the sexually active population, BUT account for half of the 20 million new sexually transmitted infections that occur every year. Our youth deserve the BEST health message, one that encourages them to avoid ALL high risk behaviors for their future health emotionally and physically.
Sexual Risk Avoidance (SRA) vs. Sexual Risk Reduction (SRR)
Sexual Risk Reduction (SRR) is an approach that has been alternatively named "Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) or comprehensive sex education that typically normalizes sex. In a "Teens Speak Out Survey" conducted by the Barna Group, 32% of teens stated they often feel pressure to have sex because it is expected of them. More pressure to have sex, in fact, than the pressure they feel from their dating partners. Alternate ways of seeking sexual gratification that would not result in pregnancy and contraception methods are typically discussed.
SRA is not just about saying "No" to risky activity during their developing years, it is about saying "Yes" to positive behaviors that will assist in academic success in school and beyond.
When compared to sexually active teens, those who abstain from sexual activity during high school years (at least until the age of 18) are 50% less likely to drop out of high school and almost twice as likely to graduate from college.