Sex Education in New York

Re “How to Make Sex More Dangerous” (Op-Ed,, March 11):

We at Day One agree with Andrea Barrica’s assessment of sex education. Teaching students about consent, teenage dating violence and bodily autonomy is critical to prevent abusive and coercive relationships.

While statistics vary, nationally nearly 1 in 11 female teenagers and about 1 in 15 male teenagers experienced physical dating violence within the last year. In New York, about 10 percent of teenagers reported experiencing physical dating violence.

New York has the chance to pass a bill that for the first time would mandate statewide, medically accurate health education teaching consent, the intersection of technology and dating violence, and other related topics.

Day One assists young people 24 and younger who are experiencing some form of intimate partner abuse. Throughout our organization we interact with tens of thousands of young people citywide each year.

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