Carol--there's not a lot of data on this, really. It varies widely by area, and there is no standardized curriculum used (and best practice would actually recommend NOT using a standard curriculum throughout the state. It's important to be population and community specific when it comes to prevention). A fellow at OHA did a survey of what's being taught in terms of sexual health education throughout the state, what the standards are, and how comfortable teachers feel teaching it two years ago; I'd recommend contacting Jessica Duke for the results of the study. Oregon does, however, have some of the most comprehensive sexual health and healthy sexuality benchmarks and standards in the country; how well they're being implemented does vary, but I think the point of this article is to highlight how far Oregon has come in terms of policy; practice sometimes takes awhile to catch up.
Excellent article! As someone who teaches healthy sexuality and healthy relationship education in high schools and middle schools, I feel really lucky to work in a state like Oregon that takes such a progressive, open approach to addresses these things in accurate, non-shaming ways.
Who is this wonderful new music writer, Portland Mercury? You should make him a regular!
If you want to see Breakfast at Tiffany's on the big screen, but can't make it to the Roseway, come to the Academy Theater on Sunday, March 20th at 12pm for Movies & Mimosas, a benefit for Raphael House of Portland!
Annnnd my best friend just moved here for AmeriCorps, but the position, her dream job, ended up completely falling apart. She spent two months basically unemployed in limbo in a new town and finally just started a job last week. We need some more joy in our lives and she is the one I would take.
I bought tickets for their show in Bend, reserved a campsite and then all three of my friends bailed on me with other memorial day weekend plans (it was a wedding they thought was the weekend after, they aren't actually horrible people). My other friend told me she would go with me, but two days before the show she brought me a poster from her new boyfriend who owned a record store as "joke," because he couldn't believe she was actually going to go see them. She proceeded to say that their album was the worst she's ever heard (even though I really, really like them and she did too prior to dating this guy) and be generally pretentious. I ended up having to tell her that I couldn't go with her if she was going to act that way. So I didn't get to go and spent the night sad and alone with some wine and my cat instead.
Raphael House has also played an instrumental role in founding TEEN, Teen Education and Empowerment Network, a collaborative effort of domestic violence and sexual assault violence agencies in Portland working to provide outreach, education and resources to youth about healthy relationships, dating violence, consent, communication, etc. Last year, we educated over 3000 youth in the Portland area and presented in over 250 classrooms. We also collaborate with other agencies to provide trainings on teen dating violence and healthy relationships to parents, administrators, teachers and youth advocates in the community and provide trainings to businesses on responding to domestic violence in the workplace. We cofacilitate support groups with youth who have experienced violence in their lives and provide resources to thousands of youth a year.
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