Let's Talk Bout SEX! TONIGHT!

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*** This is not an FFRF event - but is of interest to all those who value sound science-based education in our schools!! **

Please join Americans United and  Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona for a special community engagement evening including a documentary screening of “Let's Talk about SEX” followed by a moderated panel discussion about realistic sex education TONIGHT Thursday August 15th from 5:30PM – 8:00PM.   

Sex education in Arizona public schools should be comprehensive, medically accurate, age appropriate, and utilize the best evidence-based recommendations from experts in the field. Is this what our public schools are teaching?  Not quite.  For starters, Arizona requires parents to opt-in to include their children in sex ed classes.  Unfortunately, "Abstinence Only" sex ed & "Virginity Pledges" (promises to abstain from sexual intercourse until marriage) are often the approaches used even though research overwhelmingly confirms they DO NOT WORK! And a "Virginity Pledge" still doesn't safeguard against Sexually Transmitted Diseases" (STDs)!

The event will be held at The Pressroom at 441 W Madison St, Phoenix 85003 TONIGHT Thursday, August 15 from 6-8 pm.

The target audience will be the downtown education community, parents and students, fellow advocates and candidates.

About the film: LET’S TALK ABOUT SEX takes a revealing look at how American attitudes towards adolescent sexuality affect today’s teenagers. We live in a society that uses sex to sell everything from lipstick to laptops. Yet fear and silence around sex and sexuality also permeate our culture. Teens are paying a terrible price for this confusion in unintended pregnancy, STDs, and even HIV. And American taxpayers are paying billions to treat these entirely preventable problems. View the trailer HERE.

Evening schedule:

5:30p - 6:00p - Arrival & meet and greet

6:00p - 6:10p - Film introduction and welcome by AZ Planned Parenthood president, Bryan Howard

6:10p - 7:10p - Let's Talk About SEX screening

7:10p - 8:00p - Moderated panel discussion and audience Q&A

Refreshments will be provided

Thank you to our community co-hosts:

* Americans United for Separation of Church & State - Greater Phoenix Chapter - (http://www.AU.org)

* NARAL - (http://www.prochoicearizona.org/)

* Arizona Coalition Against Domestic Violence - (http://www.azcadv.org/
* National Council of Jewish Women - Arizona Section (https://www.facebook.com/pages/National-Council-of-Jewish-WomenArizona-Section-NCJW/186314388125261
* ACLU Arizona - (http://www.acluaz.org/)

Thank you to our Panelists:

- Arizona Senator Katie Hobbs, Creighton school board member, Tiffany Arenas, - Planned Parenthood educator, Vicki Hadd-Wissler, PPAZ youth board member, Willa Eigo, & Moderator: PPAA board member, Stacey Champion

ARIZONA’S YOUTH

Arizona’s youth population is at a higher than average risk for unsafe sex.

• 46% of Arizona high school students report being sexually active.  Comprehensive sex education has proven to delay first sexual experience.

• Among those who reported being sexually active, 55% of Arizona youth reported using a condom during their last sexual encounter, this is significantly lower than the nationwide average of 68%. Of those surveyed, 15% reported using birth control pills.

• Almost 84,000 sexually active teens in Arizona have expressed a need for publically-­‐funded contraceptive services and supplies.

• One out of four sexually active youth will contract an Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) and nearly one out of 10 teenage girls, ages 15-­19, will become pregnant.

• 23.4% of sexually active students used alcohol or drugs the last time they had sex.

• 12% of female high school students were forced to have sex when they did not want to.

TEENS AND Sexually Transmitted Infections

• In 2007, there were 14,472 cases of Chlamydia, 3,161 cases of Gonorrhea and 814 cases of Syphilis reported in Maricopa County. The first six months of 2008 saw an 18% increase in Syphilis cases compared to 2007.

• Youth, ages 15 – 24, experience more than half of all the Gonorrhea and Chlamydia cases in Arizona.

• 50% of new HIV infections occur in people under age 25.

TEEN PREGNANCY & BIRTHS

• Nearly 55 teens become pregnant in Arizona every day; a total of 19,936 in 2010.

• Arizona has the nation’s third highest teen pregnancy rate. Latina teens are more than twice as likely to become pregnant as Caucasian teens, and nearly four times as likely to give birth.

• 95% of all teen pregnancies are unplanned.

• 84% of Arizona teens giving birth were unmarried.

• 84% of teen births are paid for by Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) (Arizona's Medicaid Agency) costing taxpayers $303 million in 2008.

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