May 17, 2017
SIECUS is pleased to share the latest edition of the SIECUS State Profiles: A Portrait of Sexuality Education in the States. As in prior years this, fiscal year (FY) 2016 edition includes individual profiles for all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the outer United States territories.
While the SIECUS State Profiles demonstrates some progress in moving away from the failed experiment of abstinence-only-until-marriage (AOUM) programs toward evidence-informed and medically accurate sexual health programs, particularly at the state and local levels, we must continue to advocate for adolescent sexual health promotion—including advances for comprehensive sexuality education and opposition to AOUM programs—at the federal level as well.
FY 2016 High (and Low) Lights:
- Years of dedicated federal funding for comprehensive sexuality education: 0.
- Years of continued dedicated federal funding for abstinence-only programs: 34.
- $1.96 billion in federal funds spent since 1982 on abstinence-only programs that intentionally withhold life-affirming and lifesaving information.
- Federal funding for abstinence-only programs increased by 55% to $85 million.
- The average Title V AOUM state-grant award increased by 30% to the average award amount of $1.6 million compared to the average state-grant award during the same period the prior year.
- Federal funding for evidence-based or -informed, medically accurate, and age-appropriate programs was awarded in all but one of the 59 states and territories.
The SIECUS State Profiles, includes a federal funding overview, program summaries, and our state policy table. Take a look at your state’s profile to learn more about:
- Laws and policies related to sexuality education;
- Adolescent sexual health and behaviors data; and
- State-by-state information on the recipients of federal funding and how it is being used in communities across the country.
The profiles are a resource for partners like you: educators, advocates, parents, young people, and policymakers. We encourage you to use this resource in your efforts to inform, shape, and improve sexuality education policies and practices.