Sex Education in Canada

The Sex Information and Education Council of Canada (SIECCAN) is a national registered charitable organization founded in 1964 to foster professional education and public knowledge about sexuality and sexual health.

It has released its report on Sexual Health Education in Schools. It provides answers to some of the most common questions that parents, educators, program planners, school and health administrators, and concerned citizens may have about sexual health education.

Some conclusions:

“On basic indicators of sexual health, Canadian young people have made progress in many respects. Rates of teenage pregnancy have declined steadily, the percentage of teens who have had intercourse has also declined in recent years, and rates of condom use among sexually active young people have increased.”

“Studies conducted in different parts of Canada have consistently found that over 85% of parents agreed with the statement ‘Sexual health education should be provided in the schools’...”

“The evidence is strong that programs do not hasten or increase sexual behavior but, instead, some programs delay or decrease sexual behaviors or increase condom or contraceptive use. “

“Educational programs that withhold information necessary for individuals to make voluntary, informed decisions about their sexual health are unethical .”

See the full report.

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