Tips for Educators on Avoiding Teen Pregnancy

Teens and young adults often face many problems as they develop into sexually mature adults. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lists teen pregnancy prevention as one of its top seven priorities.1 In 2015, the CDC reported a female adolescent fertility rate of 21.2 births per 1000 females ages 15-19 in the United…

Sex Education Within Schools

Opinions regarding what constitutes an effective and appropriate sex education vary between countries, nations, cultures, and even among families. The sex education curriculum of any given society typically reflects the dominant cultural values and norms of the greater community. There has yet to be a nation today to achieve comprehensive standards. In past decades, “abstinence-only” sex education programs dominated…

Overview of Childhood Sexual Abuse

The sexual abuse of children is a widespread problem across the world. Sexual abuse during childhood refers to any kind of sexual relations that occur between a child and an immediate family member, caregiver, any other adult, or another child or teen. These interactions can range from inappropriate touching of the genitals and other body parts to forced…

Teen Pregnancy Options

Pregnancy can be a very exciting time for first-time parents. However, unintended pregnancy can come as a shock and bring about difficult decisions for both first-time and experienced parents alike. Getting pregnant as a teenager, during the ages of 13 to 19, can be an especially difficult experience. Not only are teens young and likely…