For the past 20 years, children as young as 11 in Seaside, Oregon have been attending a sex conference, funded by taxpayer dollars in the name of safe sex.
Brad Victor, a spokesperson for the group behind the conference, had this to say in April when the conference was held:
“We really think the message that they are bringing to these children is not value oriented. It’s about helping youth make good choices on their own personal sexuality. It’s about making good decisions about their relationships; it’s about giving them skills to just anything that has to deal with health,” said Victor.
Regardless as to what Victor and his group may believe, it would seem that there very much is a “value oriented” message directed towards students. So long as pregnancy and disease are avoided, anything goes.
Reporting mentions that “…a KOIN 6 Investigation uncovered that there’s a good chance the parents who signed permission slips in order for their children to attend have no clue what is really being taught behind closed doors.”
More from KOIN 6:
Part of the lesson plan at a workshop at the Oregon Adolescent Sexuality Conference is an adult website called Virtual Fem. In addition to the content from that website, numerous handouts, such as one that encourages cyber and phone sex, have been passed out to high school and middle school students in attendance.
The pamphlets go on to suggest other ways students can engage in intimate activities without going all the way, including bathing together, shaving each other, wearing each other’s underwear, role playing, buying an extra-large pair of pajama bottoms to sleep in together, lap dances and strip teases.
Another workshop at the conference focuses on how to pleasure someone else over the Internet.
An anonymous student shared that she felt it “very disturbing” that a speaker “brought students to a porn website and taught them to program virtual women…”
And while Victor had said “the conference also touched on topics like alcohol and drug and tobacco use with its main purpose concentrated on helping younger populations live healthy lives[,]” the ways in which drugs were presented at the conference may not really be having such an effect:
“All kinds of speakers about Internet porn, using Internet sex toys, using meth as is shown in this book for when you’re engaging in sex. It encourages using meth because it helps your sexual drive and what not in here,” said Maloney. “It says in this booklet that was handed out and given out to all young people.”
Indeed, a section of the handout Maloney referred to read: “Meth is widely used for a million reasons to have lots of sex with lots of partners for long periods.”
While the program is supposedly being conducted in the name of preventing teen pregnancy, even being funded for it, Victor refused to answer a question as to if uncensored material was going to do that:
Lori Porter, a concerned mother, also showed other pamphlets distributed during the conference titled “Dry Humping Saves Lives” and “How to Get Your Groove on Fluid Free.” Another gave tips on masturbation.
“Watch porn, lube, do it in front of a mirror, do it while someone else is watching,” said Porter.
Still, Victor defended the material and said it is not censored.
“The material passed out at this conference is dedicated to preventing teen pregnancy, preventing STD’s and also developing healthy relationships,” said Victor.
When asked whether he thought the suggestions given in the pamphlets prevent teen sex, Victor refused to comment.
“I’m not going to address that question. That question is inappropriate,” he said.
It would almost be laughable that Victor thinks such a question, which he should have no problem answering when it is supposedly the aim of his group, is inappropriate, if it didn’t come to the well-being of children. At best it is questionable that such material is being presented to children, and at worst, it is very likely destroying their innocence, far too soon. It seems to Victor that what is inappropriate is questioning such material and the free for all of sex, except when it makes babies.
It is possible, even likely, that those putting together the conference knew of the effect such material would have on attendees and thus chose to deceive:
KOIN reached out to 16 school district superintendents listed as possibly having students at the conference. Of those contacted by KOIN 6 News, 10 said they were unaware such material was being taught.
Of the 10 superintendents, Newberg School District Superintendent Dr. Kym LeBlanc Esparza was the only one who agreed to speak on the record. When she saw some of the handouts she was clearly discouraged.
“This is garbage, so that’s disappointing,” said LeBlanc Esparza.
Material from the conference shown to her, she said, was a far cry from what she was told would be at the two-day program.
“It’s fascinating because of the documentation that comes out of the Oregon Department of Ed and that comes out of the programs, (that) the organizations put out speak specifically to addressing at-risk kids questions and things to help them make good healthy decisions,” said LeBlanc Esparza.
Thanks to KOIN 6’s investigation, parents and school districts may now have a better idea of what was really going down at the The Adolescent Sexuality Conference. KOIN 6’s piece concludes with the mention that “…7 of the 16 Oregon school districts will not be participating in the conference next April.” For those 9 school districts not included, parents are surely encouraged to become actively involved in finding out just how their school plans on conducting sex ed.