Attorney Says Teaching Graphic Sex Ed is a Crime

By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS
Staff Journalist

A district attorney in Juneau County, Wisconsin sent a letter to school districts warning them that if they implemented a new law requiring the teaching of a sexually graphic sex-ed program in their schools, they could face criminal prosecution for promoting the delinquency of minors. is reporting that Juneau County District Attorney Scott Southworth sent a letter on March 24 urging school administrators to withdraw from teaching “human growth and development courses” altogether rather than risk criminal prosecution for teaching sexually explicit material to children.

“It is a crime to engage in sexual intercourse with any child under the age of 18,” pointed out the DA in his letter. “Forcing our schools to instruct children on how to utilize contraceptives encourages our children to engage in sexual behavior, whether as a victim or an offender. It is akin to teaching children about alcohol use, then instructing them on how to make mixed alcoholic drinks. While it is true that some children will wrongly choose to engage in sexual behavior before entering adulthood, our school districts should never promote illegal activity.”

He went on to say that adoption of the controversial mandates of Act 134 “risks the safety of our children and the careers of our teachers – something I implore you not to do.”

He characterized the new law, which was supported by Planned Parenthood, as “requiring that you transform your current human growth and development curricula into programming that promotes the sexualization – and sexual assault – of our children.”

Southworth informed them that under the current criminal code, “Anyone who intentionally encourages or contributes to the delinquent (criminal) act of a child can be charged under this statue. For example, if a teacher instructs any student aged 16 or younger how to utilize contraceptives under circumstances where the teacher knows the child is engaging in sexual activity with another child … that teacher can be charged under this statue.”

The DA also blasted the new law for giving the contraceptive industry a new market among children by giving “volunteer health care providers” permission to teach the material.

“Now, schools can utilize these ‘health care providers,’ who may come in the form of contraceptive industry representatives (e.g. employees of Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion and contraceptive provider, which lobbied in favor of this new law) and who can effectively market sexually-oriented products to our children,” he wrote.

“Our children receive enough sales pitches from television, magazines and radios – they should not be subjected to pandering by ‘volunteers’ from local contraception businesses whose real interest is likely obtaining new, young customers.”

Proponents of the law, such as Democratic Rep. Kelda Helen Roys told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Southworth was just trying to intimidate teachers. “Using condoms isn’t a crime for anyone,” she said. “His purpose is to intimidate and create enough panic in the minds of school administrators that they’ll turn their backs on young people and their families.”

However, his letter is apparently having some effect. Tom Andres, superintendent of the New Lisbon School District, told the Sentinel that district officials are taking Southworth’s letter into consideration as they map out how to handle the new law.

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