SIECUS works every day to advance Comprehensive Sexuality Education.

Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) is defined as “sex education programs that, in school-based settings, start by kindergarten and continue through 12th grade. High-quality CSE programs include age, developmentally, and culturally appropriate, science-based, and medically accurate information on a broad set of topics related to sexuality, including human development, relationships, personal skills, sexual behaviors, including abstinence, sexual health, and society and culture. CSE programs provide students with opportunities for learning information, exploring their attitudes and values, and developing skills.” Our main issue areas, listed below, are all components of CSE:

Sex Education
Sex education is a lifelong process that begins at birth. Parents/caregivers and other trusted adults, family, peers, partners, schools, religious organizations, and the media influence the messages people receive about sexuality at all stages of life. All people have the right to accurate information and age- and developmentally appropriate education about sexuality. Sex education should address the biological, sociocultural, psychological, and spiritual dimensions of sexuality within the cognitive learning domain (information), the affective learning domain (feelings, values, and attitudes), and the behavioral learning domain (communication, decision-making, and other skills).
Sexual & Reproductive Health
All people have a right to health care services that promote, maintain, and if needed, restore sexual and reproductive health. Health care providers should assess sexual and reproductive health needs and concerns as integral parts of each individual’s health and wellness care and make appropriate resources available . Policies should be implemented to ensure that every member of the community has access to this vital care.
Sexual Rights
Sexual rights are human rights, and they are based on the inherent freedom, dignity, and equality of all human beings. Sexual rights include the right to bodily integrity, sexual safety, sexual privacy, sexual pleasure, and sexual healthcare; the right to make free and informed sexual and reproductive choices; and the right to have access to sexual information based on sound scientific evidence.
Cultural Competency in Sex Ed
Cultural beliefs and norms are influenced and expressed through many institutions including families, communities, schools, faith-based organizations, and mass media. These institutions have an obligation to affirm sexuality in ways that support the sexual health and rights of all members of any society—regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, race, ethnicity, immigration status, ability, socioeconomic status or any other identity.
Unintended Pregnancy
Every person has a right to decide if, when, and under what circumstances they become pregnant. This includes the right to safe, legal, and accessible abortion. Young people who choose to become parents after experiencing an unintended pregnancy should be met with support—not shame.
Abstinence
Making a personal decision to abstain from sexual activity is a healthy, normal choice. Young people have a right to learn and understand all options related to sexuality—including, but not limited to abstinence. Abstinence-only-until-marriage programs are not only ineffective at achieving their own goal of delaying sexual activity among young people, but also, can harm young people through their frequent reliance on shame and stigma.
Consent & Healthy Relationships
Sexual and interpersonal violence are unfortunate realities within many relationships. Young people have a right to understand the concept of consent, identify the differences between healthy and unhealthy relationships, and how/where to ask for help if they need it.
Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity
Every individual should be guaranteed civil rights and protections regardless of sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression. Sexuality education, information, and related services should be inclusive of LGBTQ+ populations.