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Teen Pregnancy Prevention

“Sex Ed Study: Robot Babies May Increase Teen Birth Rate." The Takeaway on PRI and WNYC, August 30, 2016. Answer executive director, Nicole Cushman, M.P.H., notes how complex the issue of teen pregnancy is and spells out what young people need to be empowered to choose when to have children. 

“Chicago’s ‘Pregnant Men’ Ads: Flipping the Dialogue on Men and Teen Pregnancy Prevention,” by Elizabeth Schroeder, Ed.D., M.S.W. RHRealityCheck.org. May 22, 2013. Answer executive director, Elizabeth Schroeder, Ed.D., M.S.W., addresses how recent teen pregnancy prevention campaigns, featuring pregnant teen guys, are well intentioned, but miss the mark in their attempt to involve and engage young men in teen pregnancy prevention.

“‘Act Like a Man’: Challenging Young Men’s Notions of Masculinity to Help Prevent Teen Pregnancy,” National Clearinghouse on Families & Youth. In this article, Answer executive director, Elizabeth Schroeder, Ed.D., M.S.W., whose areas of expertise include working with boys and young men, comments on reaching male learners more effectively with sexuality education and teen pregnancy prevention programming.

Study: More Teenage Girls Using the Rhythm Method,” by Ankita Rao. Religion News Service. June 10, 2010. In this piece, Answer executive director, Elizabeth Schroeder Ed.D., M.S.W., links the study's findings to the need for more comprehensive sexuality education.

STD & HIV/AIDS Prevention 

"7 Ridiculous STD Myths You Should Never Believe" by Isha Aran. FUSION.net. April 4, 2016. Answer executive director, Nicole Cushman, M.P.H., is quoted on the importance of having open conversations with young people about the experience of having an STD, how common they are and what treatment is like.

“What You Need to Know about STDs,” by Richa Gulati. TeenVogue. December 2012/January 2013. Answer executive director, Elizabeth Schroeder, Ed.D., M.S.W., and teen staff writer Casandra are quoted in this article about the importance of educating teens about STDs, safer sex and communicating with partners about these issues.

Is HIV Education in Our Schools Up to Speed? by Megan Barnes. EdgeOnTheNet.com. December 4, 2012. Answer executive director, Elizabeth Schroeder, Ed.D., M.S.W., comments on the valuable role sexuality education can play in educating young people about HIV prevention and treatment and reducing the stigmatization of people living with HIV/AIDS.

Teen Sexuality

"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. 

"Browse This! Great Magazines for Kids and Teens," by SLJ Staff. School Library Journal. October 18, 2016. Answer is proud to have Sex, Etc. magazine included in the School Library Journal's list of great magazines for teens.

"Esstential Resources on Kids, Teens, Puberty, Sex, and the Internet." goop. August 29, 2016. Answer was included on goop's list of essential resources in the "Kids & Sex" special issue. 

"5 real ways to teach your teens about safe sexting." by Alice Baron. Upworthy. August 19, 2016. Answer executive director, Nicole Cushman, M.P.H., explains how parents and guardians can talk with their children about sexting.  Aran. FUSION.NET. April 23, 2016. Answer executive director, Nicole Cushman, M.P.H., notes that while there are cultural narratives in the U.S. about prom night and sex, there is no research to support this idea.

"Do Teens Actually Lose Their Virginity on Prom Night?" by Isha Aran. FUSION.NET. April 23, 2016. Answer executive director, Nicole Cushman, M.P.H., notes that while there are cultural narratives in the U.S. about prom night and sex, there is no research to support this idea.

“CDC Update on Teen Sexuality Contains Some Surprises,” by Kathleen O’Brien. The Star-Ledger/NJ.com. July 22, 2015. In this story, Answer executive director, Nicole Cushman, M.P.H., comments on a CDC report that finds teen sexual activity at a lower rate than in 1988.

“Help! My Teen’s Watching Porn Online,” by Kelly Wallace. CNN.com. January 16, 2015. This story addresses what parents should do if they learn their child has viewed porn and notes that Sex, Etc. is a good source of accurate, age-appropriate information that parents can share with children who may be reluctant to speak with parents about sexuality.

“Schools Preach ‘Enthusiastic’ Yes in Sex Consent Education,” by Emmanuella Grinberg. CNN. September 29, 2014. Sex, Etc. teen contributor Alexandra Yoon-Hendricks is quoted in this story on California’s “Yes Means Yes” law and how colleges and universities are educating students about consent.

“If College Students Can't Say What 'Consent' Is, Then We Should Teach It Sooner.” New Republic. November 7, 2013. Answer's Nora Gelperin, M.Ed. and Sex, Etc. writer Nick Meduski discuss sexual consent, healthy relationships and how sexuality education can better teach about sexual assault.

“Teens Shouldn’t Learn About Sex From Porn.” Asbury Park Press (APP.com). August 9, 2013. Answer executive director, Elizabeth Schroeder, Ed.D., M.S.W., writes an op-ed about the impact of teens turning to pornography for information about sexuality.

“When Porn Teaches Teens.” HuffPost Live. November 28, 2012. In this segment, Answer executive director, Elizabeth Schroeder, Ed.D., M.S.W., participates in a conversation about the easy accessibility of porn online and the importance of parents speaking with their children about sexuality.

Sexuality Education

"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.  

"AMAZE's Consent Video Is a Fun & Accessible Way of Explaining Boundaries to Kids" by Suzannah Weiss. December 26, 2016. Answer's Director of Communication, Lucinda Holt, addresses how the AMAZE "Consent" video takes consent out of sexual contexts to show young people how we're constantly setting boundaries and communicating with friends and family members about what we do or don't want to do.

"Back to abstinence-only education for teens?" by Steven Ross Johnson. Modern Healthcare. December 10, 2016. In this article on the improvements seen in teen pregnancy rates after Milwuakee implemented use of an evidence-based sex education curriculum, Answer executive director, Nicole Cushman, M.P.H., addresses what impact a Republican held White House and Congress may have on sex ed. 

"When Animation and Sex Education Meet: A Q&A With Nicole Cushman," by Martha Kempner. Rewire. December 5, 2016. Nicole Cushman speaks with Martha Kempner about how Amaze.org is providing much needed, age-appropriate sexual health information for 10-to 14-year-olds through fun and engaging videos.  

"Why We Need LGBTQ-Inclusive Sex Ed," by Gillian Hatcher. Media Planet. December 2, 2016. Sex, Etc. contributor Gillian Hatcher, 18, shares about her experience in sex ed class and how everyone would benefit if educators taught about safer sex for different sexual behaviors and orientations.

"Why sex education in NJ is still leaving students unsatisfied," by David Matthau. NJ 101.5. November 28, 2016. Answer executive director, Nicole Cushman, M.P.H., notes that while New Jersey's sex ed laws have made it a leader in sex education, educators still need support and training to be effective in the classroom. 

"Parents, Educators Can Support Pediatricians in Providing Comprehensive Sexuality Education" by Nicole Cushman, M.P.H. Rewire. July 26, 2016. Answer executive director, Nicole Cushman, shares her thoughts and recommendations on what it will take to implement the latest American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines on sex education and how educators and parents can partner with health care providers to ensure young people get the medically accurate sex education they deserve.

"Why discussions about sex should begin at home, not Google" by Sara Israelsen-Hartley. Deseret News. May 27, 2016. Answer executive director, Nicole Cushman, M.P.H., addresses the crucial role parents can play in educating their children about sexuality and relationships.  

"7 myths about tampons to stop believing ASAP,"
 by Sammy Nickalls. HelloGiggles. May 18, 2016. Answer executive director, Nicole Cushman, M.P.H., debunks a few myths about tampons. 

"As OPS considers sex education changes, other districts hold back,"
 by Erin Duffy and Alia Conley. October 25, 2015. Answer executive director, Nicole Cushman, M.P.H., acknowledges challenges in making much-needed changes to sex education curricula when school districts may be averse to controversy that often follows. 

"This Is What the Future of Sex Ed (Hopefully) Looks Like in the U.S.," by Andy Hinds. HuffPost Education/Fatherly.com/Yahoo Parenting. October 19, 2015. Answer executive director Nicole Cushman, M.P.H., talks about what great sex ed could look like in the future and encourages parents to talk with their children about sex and sexuality.

"Campus Rape and the Power of Early Sex Education to Make a Difference," by Susan Buttenwieser. Women’s Media Center Features. August 20, 2015. In this article, Answer executive director Nicole Cushman, M.P.H., is quoted about the importance of educating young people about healthy romantic relationships, consent and sexual assault before they go to college.

"Teaching safe relationships a proposed addition to sex education classes," by Mara Rose Williams. The Kansas City Star. July 12, 2015. Answer executive director Nicole Cushman, M.P.H., is quoted in this story about Senators McCaskill and Kaine’s push to require teaching about healthy relationships in public middle and high school sex education classes.

"This Is How We Are Spending Billions on the Miseducation of American's Youth," by Erica Hellerstein. ThinkProgress. July 1, 2015. Answer executive director Nicole Cushman, M.P.H., is quoted in this story on how continued funding of ineffective abstinence-only or abstinence-focused programs continues to misinform and shame young people about sexuality.

"California Abstinence-Only Sex Ed Ruling Underscores Need to Connect Policy to Practice," by Nicole Cushman, M.P.H. RH Reality Check. May 21, 2015. Answer executive director Nicole Cushman addresses the need for not only policy to support comprehensive sexuality education, but also funding for implementation and systems for enforcement.

“We Need Trusted Adults, as Well as the Internet,” by Adrian Lam. The New York Times. April 28, 2015. In this op-ed, Sex, Etc. teen staff writer Adrian Lam writes that technology should enhance the sexuality education young people receive from trusted adults at home and in school.

“Sex Ed That Turns Boys Into Men,” by Leslie Garrett. Medium.com. April 21, 2015. In this article about Canada's comprehensive sexuality education program for boys called WiseGuyz, Answer executive director, Nicole Cushman, M.P.H., is quoted about the broad support for comprehensive sexuality education in the U.S.

“Culture, Religion and Sex Education,” The New York Times. March 16, 2015. In a letter to the editor, Answer executive director, Nicole Cushman, M.P.H., responds to an op-ed criticizing school-based sexuality education and notes that while Sexetc.org is indeed a great online sexuality education resource for teens, it is meant to supplement—not replace—school-based sexuality education.

“Sex education in the U.S. is screwing our kids,” by Alana Schubach. Salon.com. November 30, 2014. Answer’s work providing professional development and support to sexuality educators and its collaboration with Advocates for Youth and SIECUS in the creation of the National Sexuality Education Standards is mentioned as a solution to the problems that plague the provision of sexuality education in the U.S.

“Why Schools Can’t Teach Sex Education,” by Alexandra Sifferlin. TIME. November 13, 2014. This article notes how organizations like Answer and its publication Sex, Etc. are educating young people and filling the silence left by adults who can’t agree on how best to educate young people about sexuality.

“Believing in Young People,” by Elizabeth Schroeder. ETR’s Smart Solutions School Health. January 2014. Answer executive director, Elizabeth Schroeder, Ed.D., M.S.W., writes about parents and well-trained educators partnering to provide age-appropriate and medically accurate sexuality education that supports young people in making healthy, well-thought-out decisions about sexuality.

Teen Birth Rates Plummet. The Kathleen Dunn Show on Wisconsin Public Radio. July 30, 2013. Answer executive director, Elizabeth Schroeder, Ed.D., M.S.W., speaks with John Munson about the expansion of comprehensive sexuality education programs in California and the drop in teen birth rates.

“How We Can Improve Sex Ed for Boys.” The Good Men Project. May 7, 2013. Answer executive director, Elizabeth Schroeder, Ed.D., M.S.W., is interviewed about how sexuality education can better resonate with and serve boys.

“Sex Ed to the Rescue.” HuffPost Live. April 15, 2013. In this segment, Answer executive director, Elizabeth Schroeder, Ed.D., M.S.W., talks about her recent Answer blog post “Could Sex Ed Prevent Another Steubenville?” and joins a panel of guests to discuss how educating young people about sexuality can help prevent sexual assault.

“Making the Grade: How Should Nevada Teach Sex Ed?” State of Nevada. Nevada Public Radio. March 18, 2013. Answer executive director, Elizabeth Schroeder, Ed.D., M.S.W., spoke with panel members about the Nevada bill that would require that age-appropriate and medically accurate sexuality education be taught in schools.

Partnerships

“Taking Action, Sexual Education and Music for a Cause: Talking Shop with Answer Exec Elizabeth Schroeder.” Reviewsic.com. May 28, 2011. An interview with Answer executive director, Elizabeth Schroeder, Ed.D., M.S.W., about Answer’s partnership with Hopeless and Subcity Records on the 2011 Take Action Tour and Answer’s mission to provide and promote comprehensive sexuality education to young people and the adults who teach them.

“Punk Rockers Take Action for Teens” by Grant Hutchinson. The Independent News. April 27, 2011. This piece about the partnership between Answer and the 2011 Take Action Tour and includes commentary by executive director Elizabeth Schroeder, Ed.D., M.S.W., on the importance of getting accurate, age-appropriate, nonjudgmental information about sexuality to young people via different means.

“Take Action Tour Raises Money for Teen Sex Education Exclusive Q&A,” by Carlos Ramirez. Noisecreep.com. April 22, 2011. A Q&A with Answer executive director, Elizabeth Schroeder, Ed.D., M.S.W., about Answer’s work to educate teens about sexuality; our national, award-winning magazine and Web site, Sex, Etc.; and our partnership with Hopeless Records and Sub City on the 2011 Take Action Tour.

Answer Named Beneficiary of the 2011 Take Action Tour! February 14, 2011. Answer is proud to announce that Hopeless Records has designated our teen-to-teen sexuality education initiative, Sex, Etc., the sponsored nonprofit project and beneficiary of the 2011 Take Action Tour! Headliners for the national tour include Silverstein and Bayside, along with Polar Bear Club, The Swellers and Texas in July.

ETR Associates and Answer Launch New Line of Living Pamphlets. August 23, 2010. ETR Associates and Answer today launched three new Living Pamphlets that combine educational print pamphlets with free online videos, discussion guides and activity sheets.

Other News

“New Teacher Preparation Standards Focus on Sex Education.” Education Week. May 6, 2014. Answer director of training, Nora Gelperin, M. Ed., is quoted about the demand for professional development for teachers who receive little or no pre-service training in not only sexuality education content but also how to comfortably and effectively teach about these topics and deal with the legal, ethical and classroom-management concerns associated with discussing sex in the classroom with teens.

“Me Like Pictures,” by Tara Burghart. Signature. March/April 2013. This feature article appeared in the Association Media & Publishing’s flagship publication and quotes Answer’s director of communication, Lucinda Holt, about how Sex, Etc. uses visual content on Facebook and Tumblr to more deeply engage teens.