Shocking VA Curriculum

Apr 26, 2018

Liberty Counsel has demanded that the Albemarle County Public Schools (ACPS) in Charlottesville, Virginia immediately no longer allow the Sexual Assault Resource Agency (SARA) to present pornographic videos and curriculum to students under the guise of “education.”

Liberty Counsel represents outraged parents of 14-year-old girls who are students at West Albemarle County High School and were exposed to this damaging material during “Family Life Education” classes on April 13, 2018. The “Sex Positivity” curriculum was presented, without the consent or knowledge of parents, to two classes of ninth-grade girls by Lexie Huston, who is an employee of SARA. Huston publicly opposes abstinence education, claiming it is “ineffectual and unethical.” 

The SARA curriculum does not align to the Virginia and ACPS Family Life Curriculum and the promotion of abstinence. Nowhere in the SARA curriculum are the words “abstinence,” “legal,” “moral,” “faith,” or “parents.” However, the word “sex” or derivatives appears more than 49 times in the document, including the sentence “I'd like to have sex tonight, would you?” as well as the statement that “There is no ‘right way’ to have sex – as long as it's consensual and safe.”

As part of the presentation, the students were shown two different YouTube videos describing sexual acts in graphic detail. Both videos contained crude colloquial terms for genitalia. One video, entitled “Male Pleasure!” contained discussion and images of how to provide sexual pleasure to males. The other video, entitled “How to Help Her Orgasm,” also went into graphic detail regarding female sexual pleasure. The producer of the videos served on the ACLU's Board of Directors for three years and works with Planned Parenthood. The videos are sponsored by and contain multiple advertisements for the website of a seller of pornography and sex toys.

SARA, which is affiliated with Planned Parenthood, claims Huston obtained “approval” from the school’s physical education department. However, apparently the department chair did not review the curriculum and videos before giving approval. Yet, Huston and SARA intentionally failed to mention the addition of this obscene material to the previously approved curriculum. Despite this deception by omission, SARA expressed no regret, instead shifting responsibility back onto the school.

The videos violate Virginia laws protecting minors which prohibit “display of child pornography or grooming videos or materials to a child” and makes it a felony for any person to take indecent liberties with children; and provides that any “person 18 years of age or over, who, with lascivious intent, knowingly and intentionally commits any of the following acts with any child under the law.” The videos’ instructions on various activities could constitute “grooming” under the law.

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