FL Abstinence-Only Program Linked to Homophobic Ugandan Pastor

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Project SOS, Mullarky's program, is federally funded and reaches more than 50,000 students in the Jacksonville, Florida area. Despite the fact that a study in the Journal of School Health found Project SOS's "Go APE (Abstinence Protects Everyone)" curriculum -- you just can't make this stuff up -- was unacceptable in its accuracy and depth, the program has received more than $6.5 million from the United States Health and Human Service Department since 2002. A grant of $454,000 was awarded to the organization as recently as September 2010, according to Kopsa.
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A 2002 study from the AIDS Policy Research Center and the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies finds that while comprehensive sex education programs may reduce risky sexual behavior by young people, "little if any credible research exists to substantiate the claims that abstinence-only programming leads to positive behavior change among youth." In fact, research indicates abstinence-only programs are harmful, increasing the risk of unintended pregnancies. Throw in some gay-bashing, and not only is Project SOS a bad idea, it's just bad juju altogether.
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