Sex Survey for Seventh Graders Sparks Controversy

by Thilaka Ravi on  October 16, 2010 at 5:24 PM Sexual Health News   - G J E 4
A sex survey distributed to seventh-graders, which asked whether they knew how to apply a condom has angered parents in a Washington D.C. middle school.
 Sex Survey for Seventh Graders Sparks Controversy
Sex Survey for Seventh Graders Sparks Controversy

The survey, whose respondents were both boys and girls, also interrogated the kids' sexual orientation among other adult sex based questions.

As per the reports from the survey, developed by Metro TeenAIDS, a group dedicated to helping young people fight against HIV/AIDS, was intended to raise awareness of sexually transmitted diseases and teach the children how to avoid them.

However, some parents at Hardy Middle School complained that the questions crossed the line, sparking the principal to put the survey on hold.

Other questions included: How sure are you that you know the difference between oral, vaginal, and anal sex? Would know where to get condoms if/when you or a friend needed them? Can correctly put a condom on yourself or your partner?

The survey also asked about the student's history of sexual activity and what types of sex.

"Unfortunately, the opt-out letter to parents regarding this unit in the health class went home on the same day that the assessment was administered. As a result, there was not enough time to allow for parental response before the unit began," Fox News quoted school officials as saying.

The Georgetown Dish also reported that D.C. mayor Mayor-elect Vincent Gray said, "Raising awareness among students about HIV and AIDS is certainly an important and necessary task schools must carry out, and families have an important role to play in the planning and execution of the sex education curriculum."

To parents who are concerned the survey revealed too much information for a 12-year-old, Metro TeenAIDS' executive director, Adam Tenner said that most of those 12-year-olds are much more experienced sexually than those parents might think.

Source: ANI

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