BYU Education & Law Journal


Brittney Herman


sexual education, k-12 education, education, higher education, education law, law


Our Nation overwhelmingly supports sexual education in public

schools. A study by Siecus found that 98% of people surveyed support

sexual education in public high schools and 89% in public middle

schools. Unfortunately for some students, they will receive no sexual

education of very limited, ineffective sexual education, simply because

of where they live. Even if a student is fortunate to live in an

area which has or requires sexual education, this education may be


There have been countless advocates for sexual education.

With the rise of each new sexual education concern, advocates emerge

as if in waves. Most recently the sexual education debate examines

whether to include curriculum regarding varying sexual preferences.

In Part One of this article I will briefly examine the data regarding

the rates of rape in various states, which will be the states I use in

Part Two. In Part Two I will examine the National Health Education

Standards as well as the states analyzed in Part One. Finally, in Part

Three, I will examine additional factors which could contribute to the

rates of rape in various states. In addition to the sexual education

standards, other factors will be discussed which may also affect the

rate of rape in a state.