Draw the Line/Respect the Line, Sexual Risk Reduction program created by ETR Associates, has been adopted by North East(NEISD), Edgewood ISD, Harlandale (HISD), East Central ISD, Southside ISD, South San Antonio ISD, and San Antonio (SAISD).
In this video, a Northeast ISD parent reads a 7th grade lesson, the Tina and Marco Story, to the Northeast ISD Board of Trustees.
Many Sexual Risk Reduction programs are published by ETR Associates, the former education department for Planned Parenthood Santa Cruz.
Sexual Risk Reduction programs focus on teaching students how to use condoms so that they can reduce their risks instead of teaching them the benefits of Sexual Risk Avoidance.
According to the ETR Website, DTL/RTL “had no impact on any of these outcomes for girls” and “had no impact on condom use by students of either gender.” http://recapp.etr.org/recapp/index.cfm?fuseaction=pages.ebpDetail&PageID=624
From grades 6 through 9, boys from the DTL/RTL schools were significantly less likely to report having initiated sexual activity than boys from the control schools, and the magnitude of this difference increased with time. The program had no impact on girls in this regard.
At every follow-up, boys from the DTL/RTL schools were significantly less likely to have engaged in sex during the past 12 months than boys from the control group schools. Furthermore, at the grade 8 follow-up, boys from the DTL/RTL schools reported having engaged in sex significantly less frequently and with fewer partners over the past year than boys from control group schools. The program had no impact on any of these outcomes for girls.
Both boys and girls from DTL/RTL schools had greater HIV and condom-related knowledge than control group students, and this difference remained significant through the grade 9 follow-up.
The program had no impact on condom use by students of either gender.
Research Study Citation
Coyle, K.K., Kirby, D.B., Marin, B.V., Gomez, C.A., & Gregorich, S.E. (2004). Draw the Line/Respect the Line: A randomized trial of a middle school intervention to reduce sexual risk behaviors. American Journal of Public Health, 94(5), 843–851.”
Karin Coyle is the Chief Science Officer of ETR Associates and serves on the SIECUS Board of Directors.
SIECUS is the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States, created in 1964 by Mary Calderone, medical director for Planned Parenthood, using funds provided by Hugh Hefner’s Playboy Foundation.