Gender Equity

Our challenge

Massachusetts is 1 of 26 states with no standards for sex-ed in public schools [1]

  • 28% of U.S. youth ages 14 to 17 had been sexually victimized [2]
  • Girls ages 16-19 are 4x more likely than the general population to be victims of rape, attempted rape, or sexual assault [3]

In the era of #metoo, we must protect our youth, fight rape culture, and teach consent.

Our choice

It requires sex-ed taught in public schools be:

  • grounded in fact and science
  • teach about consent and healthy relationships
  • and be LGBTQ affirming [4]

93% of Massachusetts voters agree sex-ed should teach consent [5] yet…

…The bill has been killed by the House for 8 years despite the Senate overwhelmingly voting in favor of the bill.

Our power

What can you do?

Call your representative

Commit to calling your state rep, we will contact you when your voice is needed most.

Join our phone bank

Call voters who live in districts with state reps who still don't support this bill.

Knock on doors

Engage voters at the door step about this issue and many more.

Learn more

  1. Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts

References

  1. Ebbert, Stephanie, “In Massachusetts, no one wants to talk about sex ed” Boston Globe, May 08, 2018 https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2018/05/08/massachusetts-one-wants-talk-about-sex/iq7Yp0FyVGnW4AoCnvSy3N/story.html
  2. National Center for Victims of Crime “Child Sexual Abuse Statistics” http://victimsofcrime.org/media/reporting-on-child-sexual-abuse/child-sexual-abuse-statistics
  3. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Statistics, Sex Offenses and Offenders (1997)
  4. Friedman, Jaclyn, “Do You Know What Your Kids Are Learning In Sex Ed?” WBUR, August 03, 2018 https://www.wbur.org/cognoscenti/2018/08/03/sex-education-bill-massachusetts-jaclyn-friedman
  5. Kaiser, Johanna, “Poll: Likely Massachusetts Voters Strongly Support School-Based Sex Education” Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts, July 16, 2018 https://www.plannedparenthoodaction.org/planned-parenthood-advocacy-fund-massachusetts-inc/pressroom/poll-likely-massachusetts-voters-strongly-support-school-based-sex-education