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WELFARE REFORM ACT OF 1996
(TITLE V)
A Definition of Sexual Abstinence Education
To be eligible for Federal Title V funding, a program must be educational or motivational and address the following points:

Have, as its exclusive purpose, teaching the social psychological and physical health gains to be realized by abstaining from premarital sexual activity.

Teach abstinence from sexual activity outside of marriage as the expected standard for all school age children.

Teach that abstinence from sexual activity is the only certain way to avoid out-of- wedlock pregnancies, sexually transmitted disease and associated health problems.

Teach that a mutually faithful monogamous relationship in the context of marriage is the expected standard of human sexual activity.

Teach that sexual activity outside the context of marriage is likely to have harmful psychological and physical effects.

Teach that bearing children out-of- wedlock is likely to have harmful consequences for the child, the child's parents and society.

Teach young people how to reject sexual advances and how alcohol and drug use increase vulnerability to sexual advances.

Teach the importance of attaining self-sufficiency before engaging in sexual activity.


 

SPRANS Abstinence Education Grant

In July 2001, AEN received Notice of Award to implement a three year SPRANS Abstinence Education Project, entitled "Ohio Abstinence Campaign." This is the first ever premarital abstinence campaign in the history of Ohio! The campaign will provide a multi-faceted approach to assist teens, particularly in the urban and rural areas of the state to choose abstinence from premarital sex, drugs, alcohol, and tobacco. Community rallies, professional seminars, state-wide media campaign, mentoring training, and evaluation of the project will be implemented by five collaborating agencies. These collaborative partners are Abstinence Educators' Network, Abstinence Resource Center (ARC), REACH, Mercy Partners of Western Ohio and Central Ohio AEN . They will be working along side of county leaders and interested citizens to implement the statewide effort.
For true abstinence education organizations funded by Title V, contact Deborah Beck Candow at Ohio Department of Health, email at DCANDOW@gw.odh.state.oh.us

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Abstinence Educators' Network, Inc.,
P.O. Box 531, Mason, Ohio 45040
Phone (513) 398-9801   Fax (513) 398-3624