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Frequently Asked Questions

What is SIECUS?
Is SIECUS a government organization?
Does SIECUS have members?
What resources does SIECUS provide?
Does SIECUS provide referrals to sex therapists?
Does SIECUS answer personal questions about sexuality?
Does SIECUS help students who are writing research papers?
Does SIECUS help journalists and reporters working on articles?
Does SIECUS provide reprint permission for its publications?

 

What is SIECUS?

SIECUS is a 53-year-old non-profit organization. In 1964, a physician, a lawyer, a sociologist, a family life educator, a clergyman, and a public health educator came together to form a new organization dedicated to assuring that all people had access to information about sexuality. In the four decades that have followed, SIECUS has been at the forefront of efforts to promote sexuality education for people of all ages, protect sexual rights, and expand access to sexual health services. Today, SIECUS trains educators, advocates for the sound public policies related to sexuality, and provides information and resources on a host of sexuality topics.
 

Is SIECUS a government organization?

SIECUS is a private non-profit organization. We are supported primarily by grants from private foundations and individuals. SIECUS also has a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Adolescent and School Health to provide technical assistance and support to state and local education agencies on their HIV-prevention efforts. SIECUS is not a government organization. 
 

Does SIECUS have members?

SIECUS is not a membership organization. However, we do rely on support from private individuals. Individuals who are interested in supporting SIECUS can submit donations online, or contact SIECUS staff by emailing siecus@siecus.org.
 

What resources does SIECUS provide?

SIECUS provides educators, advocates, policymakers, journalists, parents, and young people with numerous publications and websites that focus on various topics related to sexuality such as sexuality education, abstinence-only-until-marriage programs, STIs and HIV, teen pregnancy, healthy relationships, and adolescent sexuality. We also provide technical assistance to individuals and communities facing controversy, educators creating or evaluating sexuality education curricula, policymakers and their staff, and journalists researching stories. We suggest that individuals looking for information first check this website, as well as SIECUS’ other websites SexEdLibrary, Community Action Kit, and No More Money. Individuals who cannot find the information they are looking for on our websites, can send specific questions to SIECUS staff by emailing siecus@siecus.org.
 

Does SIECUS provide referrals to sex therapists?

SIECUS does not provide referrals to sex therapists. Individuals looking for a qualified sex therapist in their area should visit the website of the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists at www.aasect.org.
 

Does SIECUS answer personal questions about sexuality?

SIECUS does not answer personal questions about sexuality.
 
Individuals who have questions about sexual health issues such as erectile dysfunction, sexually transmitted diseases, or birth control should contact their health care provider.
 
Individuals can also get information on sexual health from Sex Sense (1-800-739-7376) sponsored by Planned Parenthood of Western Washington.
 
Individuals with questions about STIs can contact the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Hotline at 1-800-232-4636.
 
Individuals looking for clinics that provide STI testing and contraceptive services can also contact their local Planned Parenthood clinic by using their online locator or calling 1-800-230-7526. 
 
Individuals who have questions about sexual assault or abuse can contact the Rape Abuse and Incest National Network at 1-800-656-4673.
 
Parents who have questions about their children related to sexual abuse can contact Stop It Now at 1-888-773-8368.
 

Does SIECUS help students who are writing research papers?

SIECUS’ website provides thousands of pages of information on topics that many students research each year. We believe that students will find all of the information they need on these pages. Students who have carefully reviewed these pages yet still have questions, may send specific inquiries to SIECUS staff by emailing siecus@siecus.org.
 

Does SIECUS help journalists and reporters working on articles?

SIECUS helps thousands of journalists working on stories related to sexuality each year. We provide background information, statistics, and analysis of current trends. SIECUS’ senior staff members frequently serve as experts in the media and are available for interviews.
 
Journalists looking for background information or wishing to speak with one of SIECUS’ experts, should email media@siecus.org.
 

Does SIECUS provide reprint permission for its publications?

SIECUS produces numerous publications each year. All of our publications are copyrighted. It is our goal for these publications to have a wide distribution which is why we make most of them available free of charge on our website. Educators wishing to print or photocopy SIECUS publications for distribution in their courses do not need express permission, however, we ask that they include the following line on all publications:
“Published by SIECUS, the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States, 1012 14th Street NW, Suite 1108, Washington, DC 20005, www.siecus.org.”
Organizations and universities who wish to distribute large quantities (over 200) of reprints (either hard copies or electronic copies) must get express written permission from SIECUS. Publishing companies who we wish to include SIECUS publications or portions of SIECUS publications in a commercially available book or textbook, must get express written permission from SIECUS.
 
SIECUS reserves the right to charge reprint fees. To inquire about reprint permission, please email siecus@siecus.org.
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