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Teen Pregnancy Prevention

"It's #FreeThePill day, a day of activism to make birth control available without prescription" by Melissa Mahtani. CNN.com. May 9, 2019. Lucinda Holt, Answer's director of communication, addresses how over-the-counter access to hormonal birth control would prevent unintended pregnancies. 

STD & HIV/AIDS Prevention 

"For black and latino fathers, talking to sons about sex is awkward but might prevent STIs" by Gwen Aviles. NBCNews.com. December 27, 2018. Answer's executive director, Nicole Cushman, M.P.H., addresses the importance of parents starting early conversations with their children about their bodies and boundaries, which lays the groundwork for having later conversations about safer sex. 

"HPV Vaccines Help Prevent Cancer...So Why Don't More Teens Get Vaccinated?" by Jessica Wakeman. Healthline.com. May 17, 2018. Answer's executive director, Nicole Cushman, M.P.H., explains that parents' fears that the HPV vaccine will encourage their children to have sex are unfounded. 

"Anonymous text service lets you tell your ex you have an STD without the embarrassment - and health officials say it will almost DOUBLE screening rates" by Natalie Rahhal. DailyMail.com January 12, 2018. Answer's executive director, Nicole Cushman, M.P.H., addresses how text services that allow people to anonymously alert partners that they may have been exposed to an STD may encourage more people to get tested. 

Teen Sexuality

"How to talk to your son about consent, boundaries, and #MeToo" by Anna Orso. The Philadelphia Inquirer. July 30, 2018. Answer's executive director, Nicole Cushman, addresses how parents and caregivers can speak with their sons about consent and respecting boundaries.

"Changing Teen Sex Trends" by Raychelle Cassada Lohmann. U.S. News & World Report. July 24, 2018. Sexetc.org, Answer's teen sexual health website that features content written by teens for teens, was included as a resource in this article about how parents can talk with their kids about sex and sexuality.

Tween Sex Talk, More Info. Less Weird. Family Confidential. April 6, 2018. In this podcast episode, Answer executive director, Nicole Cushman, M.P.H., speaks with Annie Fox about how parents can speak comfortably with their children about sexuality. 

"Is porn really a public health risk? We asked experts to weigh in" by Karen Fratti. HelloGiggles. March 20, 2018. Answer executive director, Nicole Cushman, M.P.H., weighs in on whether pornography is a public health risk, noting that there is no data to support the assertion that it is. Cushman calls on parents, caretakers and educators to provide accurate information about sex and sexuality and to support young people in thinking critically about pornography. 

"As sexual assault harassment scandals multiply, parents rethink about how they raise their children" by Kari Paul. MarketWatch. November 29, 2017. Answer executive director, Nicole Cushman, M.P.H., addresses how harmful gender stereotypes norms can be, especially when used to justify sexual harassment.  

"The Love Lives of Digital Natives" by Lisa Damour. The New York Times. September 21, 2017. Answer and Sex, Etc. are mentioned as sources of "dependable information" in this story on the impact of technology on adolescent relationships and how parents can leverage technology to ensure their children have the information they need.  

"Why Aren't We Talking to Our Kids About Porn?" by Madhvi Ramani. VICE. August 10, 2017. Answer executive director, Nicole Cushman, M.P.H., notes that sites like AMAZE.org can support parents and caregivers in speaking with their children about pornography as part of broader conversations about sex and sexuality.  

"Camp AMAZE Will Help Kids and Parents Prep for Summer Camp with Puberty and Sex Ed Videos," Emma McGowan. Bustle. May 19, 2017. Nicole Cushman, M.P.H., Answer's executive director, addresses how parents and guardians can support their children heading off to camp by addressing expectations and ensuring their children have the information they need to navigate new situations they encounter away from home.  

"14 Things the Experts Want You to Know Before Talking to Your Kids About Sex," Emily Gradeau. HowtoRaiseAMaverick.com. March 22, 2017. Dan Rice, M. Ed., Answer's director of training, and Grace Wampold, a Sex, Etc. teen staff writer, offer advice to parents about talking to their kids about sex. 

"Que hacer si los padres descubren que sus hijos ven pornografia?" LA FM Colombia. February 7, 2017. Answer Executive Director, Nicole Cushman, M.P.H., speaks with Colombian national radio about what parents should do if their children have seen pornography. 

Sex Education

"YouTube Sex Ed Videos Make 'The Talk' More Accessible, But Here's What Experts Want You To Know" by Sanam Yar. Bustle. May 22, 2019. Answer's director of communications, Lucinda Holt, notes that while lifestyle YouTubers' videos may help normalize talking about sex, we cannot guarantee that the content is age-appropriate for young people or medically accurate. 

"Yes, no, maybe: What New Jersey wants kids to know about sex and consent" by Kim Mulford. Cherry Hill Courier-Post. April 24, 2019. Answer's director of training, Dan Rice, M.Ed., addresses the need for consent education, which New Jersey has mandated for grades 6 to 12.

"Proposed Illinois law would require sex education programs to focus more on consent" by Kate Thayer. Chicago Tribune. April 4, 2019. Dan Rice, M.Ed., Answer's director of training, notes that the new Illinois law mandating the teaching of consent as early as sixth grade is a step in the right direction, but lessons about respecting a friend's choice to play or not play a game or to give or not give a hug are simple ways consent education can begin as early as kindergarten.

"How Sex Ed Affects Our Sexual Health Now" by Gretchen Brown. Rewire.com. February 26, 2019. Answer's director of training, Dan Rice, M.Ed., addresses how a lack of sex education and resources for boys and young men leaves them sorely unprepared to navigate relationships, set and respect boundaries, and advocate for their sexual health.

"Sex Ed Fails Teens by Ignoring Sexting" by Nandita Raghuram. Mashable. January 21, 2019. Answer executive director, Nicole Cushman, M.P.H., addresses how educating young people about sexting can go beyond solely focusing on the risks to encouraging young people to think critically about their relationships, consent and trust. 

"Let's Talk About Comprehensive Sex Education" by Kaitlin Willow. The Vim. October 30, 2018. Answer's executive director, Nicole Cushman, M.P.H., speaks with Kaitlin Willow about the state of sex education. 

"Illinois Sex Ed Law Requires 'Honor and Respect for Monogamous Heterosexual Marriage'" by Lee V. Gaines. Illinois Newsroom. October 31, 2018. Answer's director of training, Dan Rice, M.Ed., addresses the need for laws that support LGBTQ-inclusive sex education, enabling administrators and educators to provide life-saving and affirming information to LGBTQ students without threat of penalty or retribution. 

"Why we shouldn't be separating boys and girls for sex ed" by Bonnie Rough. The Washington Post. October 19, 2018. Answer's executive director, Nicole Cushman, M.P.H., addresses the importance of educating girls and boys in the same sex education calssrooms. 

"Only Eight States Require Consent Education, a New Study Finds" by Lea Rose Emery. Bustle. October 1, 2018. Nicole Cushman, M.P.H., Answer's executive director, notes that learning about consent is an integral part of sex education and essential to ensuring young people's future sexual encounters are safe and wanted.

"5 ways we can teach kids to handle romantic rejection" by Amanda Luz Henning Santiago. Mashable. September 25, 2018. Lucinda Holt, Answer's director of communications, notes the importance of speaking with children early about handling rejection in friendships and respecting others' boundaries.

"Not Your Grandparents' Sex Ed," Social Good Summit 2018 Panel.  September 23, 2018. This video of the panel features Nicole Cushman, M.P.H., Answer's executive director; comedian and actor, Nick Kroll; and YouTube influencer, Riyadh Khalaf, talking about puberty, Kroll's funny and cringeworthy adult animated sticom, Big Mouth, and the importance of accurate, age-appropriate resources like AMAZE

"Want to fix the #MeToo problem? Start with eliminating abstinence-only sex education" by Kari Paul. MarketWatch. September 19, 2018. Answer's director of communications, Lucinda Holt, addresses how starting consent education early can end a culture of sexual assault.

"What should kids be learning in sex ed in the era of #Metoo?" Your Call on KALW. August 22, 2018. Answer executive director, Nicole Cushman, M.P.H., addresses the important role sex education plays in in educating young people about consent, respecting boundaries and healthy relationships.

"Getting 'Consent' for Sex is Too Low a Bar" by Lisa Damour. The New York Times. July 18, 2018. Answer executive director, Nicole Cushman, M.P.H., addresses how learning about consent should go far beyond legal definitions of consent and educate young people about communication, respecting boundaries and decision-making skills. 

"AMAZE Brings Sex Education Online to End Sexual Assault Epidemic" by Nicole Cushman. NowThis Her. April 12, 2018. In this video op-ed, Answer executive director, Nicole Cushman, M.P.H., speaks to how sex education can end our culture of sexual assault by educating young people early about healthy relationships, boundaries and consent.

"The Menstrual Movement: Join the Fight for Menstrual Equity." Period.org. February 22, 2018. In this short video about Period Con 2017 (at 1:30), Answer executive director, Nicole Cushman, M.P.H., addresses what a disservice we do to young people when we segregate them along binary gender lines to educate them about something as normal as menstruation. 

"What Trump's Abstinence-Only Education Budget Means for Young People" by Annamarya Scaccia. Teen Vogue. February 21, 2018. Answer executive director, Nicole Cushman, M.P.H., addresses how ineffective and damaging abstinence-only programs are and what this means for young people. 

"Wearing black to the State of the Union isn't enough" by Nicole Cushman. CNN.com. January 27, 2018. Answer's executive director, Nicole Cushman, M.P.H., addresses how vital sex education is in addressing the culture of sexual assault and harassment.  

"How Writing About Sex Made Me a Better Person," by Sarah Emily Baum. HuffPost. December 5, 2017. Seventeen-year-old Sex, Etc. teen staff writer Sarah Emily Baum writes about the impact writing for Sex, Etc. has had on her as a person.  

"These Women Are Completely Revolutionizing Sex Education in Trump's America" by Emma McGowan. Bustle. November 1, 2017. Answer executive director, Nicole Cushman, M.P.H., talks about Answer's work providing honest and factual sexual health information to young people through Sex,Etc., our teen-written magazine and website, and AMAZE, our video playlist for 10-to 14-year-olds.  

"Want to prevent sexual violence? Teach kids everything they need to know about sex." by Rebecca Ruiz. Mashable. October 25, 2017. Answer executive director, Nicole Cushman, M.P.H., addresses how comprehensive sex education can help prevent sexual violence by educating young people about bodily autonomy, consent and healthy relationships. 

"Enforcing gender roles on kids has consequences, but education can help," by Zack Ford. ThinkProgress. September 29, 2017. Answer executive director, Nicole Cushman, M.P.H., addresses how talking about gender norms in sex ed can create safer, more inclusive schools for all young people, regardless of gender identity.  

"Abstinence-only sex education is still being taught in schools--but we can change that," by Claire Lampen. The Daily Dot. September 1, 2017. In response to the latest research finding that abstinence-only programs do not work, Answer executive director, Nicole Cushman, M.P.H., offers some thoughts about what does work when educating young people about sexuality.   

"Sex Ed at School Is Failing Kids--So They're Taking Matters Into Their Own Hands," by Kyle Fitzpatrick. POPSUGAR. July 29, 2017. Sex, Etc. teen staff writer Ashley Fowler shares how inadequate the sex education was at her school and what Answer is doing to improve sex education for young people across the country.  

"The Controversy Over Comprehensive Sex Ed." 1A on NPR. July 24, 2017. Answer executive director, Nicole Cushman, M.P.H., talks about parental support for sex education and the benefits of comprehensive, LGBTQ-inclusive sex education. 

"Why Some People Hide Sexual Assault After Abstinence-Only Education," by Gina Florio. Teen Vogue. July 14, 2017. Answer's executive director, Nicole Cushman, M.P.H., addresses how shaming in abstinence-only education programs can make it difficult for young people to disclose sexual assault and abuse.  

"Porn Star Helps Parents With Sex Ed in This New Campaign," by Kristen Sollee. Bustle. June 9, 2017. Answer executive director, Nicole Cushman, M.P.H., addresses how the easy accessibility of pornography can leave young people confused about sex and sexuality, which is why the Give the Talk campaign offers AMAZE as a resource for parents to talk to their kids about pornography. 

"Abstinence-Only Champion Appointed to Health and Human Services," by Tracy Clark-Flory. Vocativ. June 7, 2017. Answer executive director, Nicole Cushman, M.P.H., speaks out against appointment of abstinence-only advocate to the Department of Health and Human Services.  

"Porn Star Gives Parents 'the Talk' About Explaining Sex to Their Kids Before Porn Does," by Tim Nudd. Adweek. June 1, 2017. In this story about the Give the Talk campaign, which features a video of a porn star encouraging parents to speak to their kids about sex before porn does, Answer executive director, Nicole Cushman, M.P.H., notes that when parents and caretakers speak with their children about sex, this opens the door for children to ask questions, get the information they need and talk to their parents if they stumble upon porn. 

"AMAZE and the Importance of Sex Education for Tweens" by Fatima Solomon. fbomb. March 22, 2017. Answer executive director, Nicole Cushman, M.P.H., addresses how AMAZEthe sex education video series for 10-to 14-year-olds that Answer has created in partnership with Advocates for Youth and YTHis using YouTube to provide sex education. 

"Many Texas schools failing sex education" by John Austin. Palestine Herald-Press. February 23, 2017. Answer executive director, Nicole Cushman, M.P.H., addresses how adults' discomfort with normal sexual development can prevent them from providing the sexual health information that young people need.

"We spoke to sex educators about teaching consent to kids, and how to get involved with 'Consent Week' on Twitter," by Caitlyn Flynn. HelloGiggles. February 21, 2017. Answer's Director of Training, Dan Rice, M. Ed., and Sex, Etc. teen staff writer Ashley Fowler address the importance of starting education about consent early and having ongoing conversations with young people that help them learn how to establish and respect boudaries.

"Will Sex Ed Ever Get Any Better?" by Aimee Cliff, Anupa Mistry and Leah Mandel. FADER. February 9, 2017. For Sex, Etc. teen staff writer Cynthia Lam talks about how parents can make sure their children are getting great sex education in school and the importance of beginning sex education early, ensuring children know their body parts and can respect and set boundaries with other people. 

"Too Little, Too Late" by Kate Irby. McClatchy DC. January 18, 2017. Answer executive director, Nicole Cushman, M.P.H., shares why consent education should start well before college if we are serious about preventing sexual assault.  

Other News

“Mississippi Moves Toward 15-Week Abortion Ban, Claming It Will Help Women," by Amanda Marcotte. Salon. March 15, 2018. Answer executive director, Nicole Cushman, M.P.H., responds to restrictions being placed on women's health care in Mississippi, noting that a dearth of health services and sex education leaves young poeple ill-equipped to make healthy choices about their reporductive health.