Senate Bill 5395 — a bill that requires comprehensive, inclusive and medically accurate sex education in all Washington public schools — has successfully passed the Washington state Senate. This bill protects the safety of young people by providing accurate and inclusive information so they can consciously navigate their sexual lives.
In 2014, I was a part of Planned Parenthood’s Teen Council in Snohomish County, a peer-led sexual education program. Our lesson topics ranged from STD prevention, healthy relationships, dating violence, birth control and consent. I had the unique experience of educating my peers about sexual health; I taught anyone from new mothers in high school to middle schoolers in their first sexual education lessons, and received much of the same feedback: “I had no idea