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Questions and Answers: Adolescent Sexuality
This fact sheet answers the most frequently asked questions about adolescent sexuality such as are young people engaging in sexual behavior, are they protecting themselves, and how do they make these decisions.

“I Swear I Won’t: A Brief Explanation of Virginity Pledges”
Virginity pledges— promises young people make to remain abstinent until marriage—were once the sole province of religious institutions.  Today, however, they are the corner stone of most abstinence-only-until-marriage programs.  This fact sheet, part of our series for policymakers, explores the history of virginity pledges and explains why these promises are not an effective strategy for keeping young people safe.

What the Research Says About Comprehensive Sexuality Education
Recent data shoes that comprehensive sexuality education can be very successful in educating and protecting young people. 

What the Research Says About Abstinence-Only Programs
Abstinence-only-until-marriage have been around for well over 25 years, and yet there are still no published studies in peer-reviewed journals that shows that these programs are effective. In fact, there is mounting evidence that these programs simply don’t work. This fact sheet, part of our series for policymakers, explains the existing research on abstinence-only-until-marriage programs in detail.

At Risk and Ignored: The Reality for LGBTQ Youth in Schools
As a minority population in schools across the country, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ) youth commonly experience high rates of discrimination and harassment, yet are often not protected under school policy. This fact sheet, part of our series for policymakers, shows that even though most parents favor teaching about sexual orientation in schools, most sexuality education programs do not cover this topic and abstinence-only-until-marriage programs merely further negative sentiment toward these students.

In Good Company                                                                                                                                                Learn what communities and organizations support comprehensive sexuality education with this fact sheet that lists the major organizations as well as outlines public support numbers.

LGBTQ Fact Sheet                                                                                                                                                   How are LGBTQ youth affected by abstinence-only-until-marriage programs?  Learn more about the ways that many of these programs are biased agaisnt and ignore the needs of LGBTQ students.

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