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The Massachusetts Healthy
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sexual abuse prevention
The Massachusetts Healthy Youth Consortium (MAHYC) is comprised of educators, community members, and advocates from over 225 Massachusetts districts, schools and organizations committed to improving
comprehensive sex education (CSE)
for K-12 students
throughout the Commonwealth.
CSE is an international human right
for children and adolescents.
The goal of MAHYC is for educators, health professionals, policymakers, and other advocates to work collaboratively towards helping to pass The Healthy Youth Act which would ensure that comprehensive curricula are taught in public schools that choose to offer sex education.
"Young people are bombarded with sexual images and messages from television, music, movies, and the internet. Yet when we look at the high rates of unintended pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and dating and sexual violence among young people, it becomes clear that they are not getting the accurate, unbiased information about sexuality and sexual health that they need."
-SIECUS Community Action Toolkit
“There has never been a more important time to teach our youth about the benefits of having healthy relationships — and that begins with inclusive and accurate sex education,” said State Senate President Karen E. Spilka, D-Ashland. “Sadly, we know all too well the consequences of unhealthy relationships, which is why it is so important we prepare our students so that they can make informed decisions. I am proud the senate voted overwhelmingly to advance this legislation. I would also like to thank Senators Sal DiDomenico and Jason Lewis for their advocacy and leadership on this important issue.”
"Providing comprehensive, age-appropriate, and medically accurate information to our youth is the best way to prepare them to make safe and healthy choices,” said Senator Jason Lewis, Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Education. “I’m pleased that the Senate was able to advance this legislation that will strengthen education and reduce rates of teen pregnancy and transmission of sexually transmitted infections, while keeping parents informed as to students’ curricula."
Senator Lewis is a longtime champion of The Healthy Youth Act.
“Sex education is essential to young people’s health, personal relationships, and life goals,” said Senator DiDomenico in his testimony. “Massachusetts youth deserve to have the information, resources, and skills they need to make smart decisions, protect their health, and build the bright future they deserve— without shame or judgement. The Healthy Youth Act ensures just that, equipping our young people with the tools they need to build healthy relationships and understand the importance of consent. I am incredibly grateful to the Chairs of the Education Committee for their previous support of this critical legislation, and I am looking forward to continue working with them to ensure that this is the legislative session that the Healthy Youth Act is passed into law.”
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