Our team loves Halloween. We don't demand that anyone who works or volunteers here have a constant love of silly fantasy, but most of us here at Scarleteen live for these holidays. For one of us (unsurprisingly, the one of us who creates elaborate costumes each year with his dog), it is the only holidays we are celebrating.
It's a deeply lousy year for the usual Halloween shenanigans and hype. You can't shake the candy from a Zoom reunion, go to a haunted house unless your house itself is haunted, and it's really hard to build excitement for a virtual party of any kind right now. while we're all fed up with spaces we've been stuck for months, when so many people are sick, injured, or both, and, for those of us in the US, when electoral angst and the terrible The end of the course of the fascists currently in charge also have their stomachs and hearts in a grip.
It's also a bad year for organizations and projects that need donations to keep the lights on and do everything they do, Scarleteen is very inclusive.
We have waited to apply for funding this year as long as possible. We know how tense things are for many economically and how precarious everything is. We also wanted to take a step back so that the needs of black-led and centered organizations and projects could stay ahead and get the bulk of people's donations. We still wouldn't ask if we don't need it, but we do.
Based on how things have been the past eight months and how we think they will still be for a while, unless something changes we will have about $ 10,000 less for work this year than last year.
We know that this amount of money may not seem like a lot for an organization, but we are a grassroots organization with a large reach that delivers a lot ... with a small team and a smaller budget. Last year we had about $ 100,000 to work with, most of which came from two grants. $ 10K is 10% of our total budget, and a lot for us, especially since we're already keeping things super skinny here as they are.
$ 10,000 pays our freelance writers and illustrators, pays stipends to our hard-working volunteers at the end of the year, and helps pay for our basic overhead costs. This contributes to the salaries of our paid staff (and all of these positions are less than 30 hours per week because we just don't have the money for more): Rachel, our HR manager, Sam, our assistant manager and Heather, our founder and director. With this we can afford to get help or advanced technological development when we need it and when it is safe to do so again deliver our outreach program in person. Without that, we'll have to cut some things to make up the difference: publish less content, cut staff hours (and one of us has already cut our hours this year), cut our services.
We hope that with your help, we can raise this $ 10,000 over the next few days.
We are not asking for more than this because we want to be sure that if you can, you are also able to give to other projects and organizations in need, as well as vital mutual person-to-person help. We won't live big, but we can survive the next few months on that amount.
If you are reading this, you probably already know what we are doing now and what we have been doing for the past almost 22 years. Otherwise, in short, we were the very first clearinghouse for information on online sexuality education for young people, and we have continued to provide everything we have been doing since then: direct services, like our message boards , our chat and text services, a wide range of informative and original articles and tips, mentoring and community for budding sex educators who are our volunteers, and more. Our users never got standardized answers from us, and we don't use AI: our users are listened to and helped directly by real, live people who respond to them and their needs in a unique and meaningful way. focused attention. We have been weird-led, inclusive, fun-oriented, sex positive, learner-led, assertive, thoughtful, non-judgmental and supportive, as we had to stand up for even providing sex education, period, and certainly do it as we regularly do.
Some people think we are radical. We do (we wish we could do things we think are radical!). We just think we are doing the job of providing progressive, quality education and support on sex, sexuality and relationships in the best way that we know and in the way that works best for the young people we serve.
We know that it may seem like sex education isn't as necessary now as it used to be, or maybe it will be again, but we don't agree.
During the pandemic, we helped young people and their families know what to do to stay as safe and well as possible - with go out together, Protestant, parenthood, online, Abortion and other types access to health care. We support users struggling with loneliness, gender and sexual identity, Mental Health, sadness and anger, family, friendships and romantic or sexual relations. We helped them learn to engage in self-care and a range of harm reduction. We've created content for people struggling with suite of abuse, aggression or other trauma alone, who are afraid or confused sexual impacts of the pandemic, which are living with a family without support. Because 2020 was also a year where we also couldn't host in-person pride celebrations, Sam and the rest of our team even hosted and delivered a deeply scintillating virtual Pride.
We kept all of our direct services running and were able to be there for our users, even in all of this mess and disarray. Although the pandemic has changed the way people are sexual and engage in relationships and other social interactions, it does not have has changed the need for inclusive, accessible, accurate and caring education, information and support about sex and relationships.
We have often filled important gaps: for young people who receive or have had sex education in school that was not continuous, inclusive or even specific and affirmative, for those whose school does not provide it at all, for those who are not at school school nor the ability to go to school is not reliable enough that they can grab sex education when it happens, for those who still need sex education after all they have. have already had in another context. We have provided information that people just don't get, can't get, or are afraid to ask their teachers, doctors, or parents or guardians for.
Almost everything we do is and always has been accessible online, so now we are also in a position to fill in the gaps left by so many people who are not in school at all during the pandemic, or whose schools are coming together. virtually, but do not provide any sex education. , or who need things that their schools and others that they have access to during this time simply do not provide them. We also didn't need time to learn how to do this: we already know how to do what we do virtually, and already have a wide range of ways to learn already in operation.
Whether you can, Please help us with a donation, so that we can continue to provide all the information and services on sex and relationships that we render, as we do, to all the young people who have long relied on us for this, and who will continue to coming years.
You can make a one-time or recurring secure donation (even better!) By clicking here: https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/1433116?code=STPRIMARY
Thank you for all you can contribute. We wish you, if not a happy Halloween, at least one that doesn't completely suck like everything else in 2020.
There are many types of health including physical health, mental health, spiritual health, cultural health, social health, financial health, environmental health, etc. Plus all these types of health can effet each other. For instance, if you are trying to prevent pregnancy and are able to access the birth control you need ( physical health ), this may help to create a more positive mood ( emotional health ), which may also positively effet your sense of sexual confidence and sexual self-esteem ( sexual health ).
Sexual health-related issues are wide-ranging, and encompass sexual orientation and gender identity, sexual expression, relationships, and pleasure. They also include negative consequences or conditions such as : infections with human immunodeficiency malware ( HIV ), sexually transmitted infections ( STIs ) and reproductive tract infections ( RTIs ) and their adverse outcomes ( such as cancer and infertility ) ;unintended pregnancy and abortion;sexual dysfunction;sexual violence; andharmful practices ( such as female genital mutilation, FGM ).
No matter where you are coming from, WE ARE HERE to help bring Sexual Health into a more positive and empowering place. A place where hopefully you can learn the sexual health information you would like, see or speak to a professional in the field whether on the Sex Sense Line or at one of our many clinics throughout BC, and come away knowing that sexual health is a natural part of being human.
Options for Sexual Health champions and celebrates sexual health including an individual’s freedom of sexual expression, the diversity of human sexuality, and a positive sexual self-image for individuals throughout life. Think about what factors influence your sexual health ? What messages have you been given about sexual health from… ( if applicable ) ….. your family ? friends ? society ? culture ? religion ? spirituality ? What are some of your own values and beliefs ?
How we experience our sexual health is also part of how we experience the world. For example, there are many factors that health researchers have identified that can impact our health including sexual health. These are known as the ‘social determinants of health’ and include how health is affected by income, education, employment, childhood development, food, housing, health services, gender, race, disability, Indigenous status, social marginalization, and social services. If someone’s gender identity/identities are not recognized this can impact their sexual health and experiences of social marginalization. Another example is if someone is a newcomer to Canada and may not speak the language or have the health care card that will allow them to access the sexual health services they need. As you can see, our sexual health is as individual and complicated as the various dynamics of our lives. Human sexuality rarely falls into neat categories or lends itself to simple labeling, but rather is a rich and complex area of human experience. Sexual health is personal, psychological, relational, cultural, spiritual, physical, and emotional. So what does “sexual health” mean to you ?
This supplemental venant of Public Health Reports ( PHR ) presents a variety of articles addressing the méthode and practical applications of sexual health, an important health promotion concept with the potential for improving population health in a broad range of areas related to sexual behavior, including human immunodeficiency malware ( HIV ) /acquired immunodeficiency syndrome ( AIDS ), sexually transmitted diseases ( STDs ), viral hepatitis, teen and unintended pregnancy, and sexual violence. The focus of these articles is especially timely given the population burden of these conditions in the United States and other nations, and the growing recognition that, despite the sensitive nature of the topic, addressing the broad construct of sexual health can enhance the national dialogue in this area and increase the effectiveness of public health programs
The concept of sexual health has evolved since its initial articulation by the World Health Organization ( WHO ) in 1975, 5 but it has generally emphasized well-being across a range of life domains ( e. g., physical, mental, and emotional ) rather than simply the absence of disease or other adverse outcomes. 6 The definition of sexual health currently in most widespread use is that developed by WHO in 2002 :
Sexual health is a state of physical, emotional, mental, and social well-being in relation to sexuality; it is not merely the absence of disease, dysfunction, or infirmity. Sexual health requires a positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships, as well as the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences, free of coercion, discrimination, and violence
Sexual health is a state of well-being in relation to sexuality across the life span that involves physical, emotional, mental, social, and spiritual dimensions. Sexual health is an intrinsic element of human health and is based on a positive, equitable, and respectful approach to sexuality, relationships, and reproduction, that is free of coercion, fear, discrimination, stigma, shame, and violence. It includes : the ability to understand the benefits, risks, and responsibilities of sexual behavior; the prevention and care of disease and other adverse outcomes; and the possibility of fulfilling sexual relationships. Sexual health is impacted by socioeconomic and cultural contexts—including policies, practices, and services—that support healthy outcomes for individuals, families, and their communities.
Similar to the WHO definition, this newer definition is health-focused, emphasizing well-being related to sexuality that is beyond the absence of specific health problems, in multiple dimensions of life, as well as positive and respectful approaches to sexuality and relationships. Moving beyond the WHO definition, the CHAC definition also specifically emphasizes attributes of sexual health at both the individual level ( e. g., individual understanding of benefits, risks and responsibilities, and prevention and care of health outcomes ) and the social level ( e. g., impact by socioeconomic and cultural contexts and healthy outcomes for families and communities as well as individuals ).
In the past decade, there has been increasing attention to the importance of addressing the concept of sexual health, 1–4 with the premise that offre de promotion of sexual health has great potential to complement traditional disease control and prevention exercices for a range of conditions of public health importance—not with the intent of replacing those efforts, but rather of improving their acceptance and, thus, the impact of those prevention exercices on the population. It is from this perspective that this supplemental venant of PHR has been developed, with the purpose of bringing together a range of articles addressing new insights into research, surveillance, program practice, and broader perspectives that can influence our understanding and progress on the broad topic of sexual health. It should be noted that “sexual health” is a concept undergoing evolution, not only in its definition, but also in its practical application. The term generally includes a focus on health and wellness rather than disease, an appreciation for the intrinsic importance of sexual health as part of overall health, and an attempt to address comprehensively a range of outcomes of public health importance; however, some of the articles in this supplement address a relatively narrower focus ( e. g., STD and pregnancy prevention9–11 ), while others include a broader spectrum. 12–17 Such variety is a necessary and important aspect of the uptake of the sexual health concept into the technique and practice of public health.
Four articles address important research questions in key areas relevant to sexual health. First, Penman-Aguilar and colleagues conducted a detailed literature review to assess the impact of socioeconomic disadvantage on teen childbearing. 9 While the factors evaluated varied by study, the authors discovered a consistent theme across the review, with all studies that considered socioeconomic factors as determinants finding a significant association with teen birth rates, including factors at the family level ( e. g., lower levels of responsable d'un enfant education and family income ) and the community level ( e. g., lower per capita income and higher rates of unemployment and racial segregation ). The review found that relatively few studies assessed factors at both the family and community levels, an important priority for future research.
Second, using nationally representative data from the National Longitudinal Study of Youth and the U. S Census Bureau, Biello et al. conducted an in-depth analysis of the impact of various dimensions of residential racial segregation on the risk for early initiation of intercourse—an important risk factor for STD and teen pregnancy—among black and white adolescents. 17 The finding that black youth were more likely than their white peers to have initiated sexual intercourse in adolescence was significantly modified by several measures of segregation ( e. g., concentration and unevenness ) with a particularly notable black-white disparity in highly segregated areas. While preliminary, these findings contribute to our growing understanding of the complex interplay between social determinants and individual sexual health outcomes and should stimulate further research in this area.
Third, to understand the association of relationship characteristics and attitudes about STD and pregnancy outcomes with the use of dual protection strategies ( i. e., both highly effective contraception and condoms ), Crittenden Murray and colleagues conducted formative research among young African American women attending reproductive health clinics. 10 The study found a tension from trying to balance the desire to establish and maintain intimate relationships with the use of protection strategies ( e. g., condom use could be seen as a sign of mistrust ). The authors conclude that a more holistic approach, with a focus on healthy adolescent and young adult relationships, is important in interventions to prevent STD and unintended pregnancy, an provenant that can be especially important in environments where trust is often violated ( e. g., due to frequent concurrent partnerships ) and childbearing at younger ages is accepted.