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According to the poll results, just 65 percent of middle and high school students reported that their health classes in school included sexuality education.

Of those, 43 percent did not learn about gender identity/expression, and 38 percent did not discuss consent in class.[vi] Similarly, poll results revealed that just 66 percent of students knew where to go for sexual and reproductive health services.

Both offices offer a wealth of information and resources.

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A poll conducted by the Youth Advisory Council of the Sexual Education Alliance of New York City (SEANYC) in 2016 collected students’ suggestions for improving the quality of sex ed in their schools.

The most frequent suggestion they received: by teaching it earlier and more often.

DOH provides numerous resources to teens, including digital dating violence and cyberbullying awareness and prevention.

Educating our city’s youth is among the best possible defenses against rising rates of intimate partner violence, sexually transmitted infections, and unintended pregnancy among youth.

High quality, comprehensive sexual health education for students from kindergarten through twelfth grade serves as a basis for essential social and emotional competencies that influence lifelong patterns of behavior, social awareness, and decision-making, which strongly contribute to overall academic achievement.

The intent of the current presidential administration is clear: to scale back funding for programs that work to prevent teenage pregnancy through comprehensive sexual health education and instruction in favor of funding for abstinence-only programs.

DOE is not fulfilling its own mandate that sex ed be taught in secondary schools grades six through twelve – a failure that is most acute in middle schools.

The result is, our students are missing out on critical curriculum, from understanding gender identity, to discussing options for contraception and resources for LGBTQ youth.

In July 2017, the Department of Health and Human Services announced that all grant funding through the Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) program would be terminated two years early[i].

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