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Sex Positive

IYG embraces a comprehensive definition of sexuality based largely on the model developed by Dr. Dennis Dailey in 1981 that is widely favored in the field of human sexuality. In this model, often referred to as the Circles of Sexuality, Dailey breaks sexuality into five parts: sensuality, intimacy, sexual identity, sexual health and reproduction, and sexualization. Check out this great lesson plan around the Circles of Sexuality hosted by the wonderful organization Advocates for Youth for a more in-depth look into this particular model.

IYG takes the perspective that every person is a sexual being from the time they are born until their death. There is age-appropriate and medically/scientifically accurate information that everyone, including youth, need to have the ability to access, and IYG is proud to be a resource for that information. IYG follows the guidelines provided by the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States when selecting programming and curricula about sexuality. All IYG staff and volunteers follow state and federal mandatory reporting laws for child abuse and neglect, including sexual abuse. If you are being abused or suspect child abuse or neglect, you can call 9-1-1 or the Indiana Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline at 1-800-800-5556.

For IYG, being "sex positive" or "sex affirmative" means that we will select and develop programming that emphasizes safer-sex practices and the importance of informed consent. In collaboration with the youth, we cultivate a space that is respectful and welcoming of all sexualities and sexual behaviors (or lack thereof), as long as the youth are safe and there is mutual, informed consent. In regards to sexuality and sexual behaviors, the goal for IYG's staff, volunteers, programming, and curricula is to be values-neutral and to encourage the youth to identify and examine their personal values so that they may make choices in alignment with them. IYG would not choose to utilize any curricula or programming that required a pledge or a promise of avoiding or omitting specific sexual behaviors in order to participate. According to our definition and understanding of sexuality education that is medically accurate and affirming, such programs or curricula would not meet our standards.

 

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