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Miriam Grossman, M.D. explains:

"Who came up with the notion that it’s necessary to teach the world’s children about high-risk sex acts their parents never heard of? Planned Parenthood and the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS). These groups portray themselves as guardians of our children’s health and claim to provide students with all the information and skills they need to make smart choices. Their curricula, they declare, are comprehensive, age-appropriate, ideologically neutral, and medically accurate.

The modern sex-ed movement began in the 1960s using American Alfred Kinsey’s model of modern sexuality as a foundation. We now know that Kinsey’s research upon which he based his crusade for social reform was fraudulent. He was a deeply disturbed individual as evidenced by the research of Dr. Judith Reisman and the official Kinsey biographer James Jones.

In a nutshell, Kinsey was convinced that traditional morality is irrelevant and destructive. For this man it was “anything goes” when it came to sexuality. And I mean anything. He believed that pedophiles were misunderstood and that their punishments were unjust. Sexuality is not an appetite to be curbed, Kinsey insisted. He taught it and he lived it.

Dr. Alfred Kinsey was a depraved human being, and his emotional illness expressed itself through his sexuality. And sadly, this man’s personal sexual philosophy has been institutionalized within modern sex education. Today’s[sex ed] curricula are based on Kinsey’s teachings.

SIECUS was founded by Dr. Mary Calderone, the former medical director of Planned Parenthood, with seed money from Hugh Hefner, the man who founded Playboy magazine. Like Kinsey, Mary believed there was an urgent need to break from traditional views of sexuality. Sex-ed had too much negativity--too much focus on unwanted pregnancy and diseases. The real problem, she insisted, was that society is puritanical and repressed. There were too many “no’s” in sex-ed.

Her approach in SIECUS would be based on "yeses." Proper sex-ed would teach children that from the day they are born they are sexual beings and that the expression of their sexuality is positive, natural and healthy. In a book written for parents, the founder of SIECUS said, "Children are sexual and think sexual thoughts and do sexual things."1

Referring to Kinsey’s fraudulent research, Calderone stated that professionals who study children have affirmed the strong sexuality of the newborn. Kinsey conducted research with pedophiles and other unseemly characters."

Kinsey’s use of sexually deviant research subjects skewed his findings. He claimed to have proven that 10 percent of the population was homosexual and that the majority of Americans were secretly engaging in unconventional sexual practices and infidelity.

There was public outcry after Dr. Judith Reisman, one of the foremost experts on Kinsey, exposed the fact that Kinsey’s research relied on the work of sexual deviants who sexually abused and tortured infants and children to induce orgasms, timing their occurrences as part of his sexual "research."2

This twisted research was the foundation of the sex-education revolution that began in the United States and has spread throughout the world. Thus was born the philosophy behind modern sexuality education today, which claims that children are sexual from birth and therefore any restrictions on their sexuality, or withholding of sexual information from them, is a violation of their rights.

Dr. Grossman continues:

"The co-founder of SIECUS [and co-author of the original Kinsey reports on males and females, Wardell Pomeroy,] said that religious taboos were highly restrictive, that our whole belief system needed to be reconsidered. Traditional religion wooed people in and prescribed boundaries for thinking. Boundaries were no good. He said the boundaries needed to be expanded. And, in fact, he said that physical pleasure has worth as a moral value. There were officials within SIECUS who were, in fact, so radical that they argued publicly for relaxing the taboos against adult-child sexuality, even incest."

This was documented in a Time magazine article in 1980 called "Attacking the Last Taboo," in which Pomeroy, Vice President of SIECUS’s Board of Directors stated, "It is time to admit that incest need not be a perversion or a symptom of mental illness," he says. "Incest between . . . children and adults . . . can sometimes be beneficial." John Money, also a SIECUS board member said, "Childhood sexual experience such as being the partner of a relative or of an older person need not necessarily affect the child adversely." Time magazine called these people the "pro-incest lobby."3

Please understand that SIECUS doesn’t currently promote pedophilia or incest, but this is what the early officials of SIECUS believed and promoted.

To summarize: In 1947, sexologist Alfred Kinsey founded the Institute for Sex Research at Indiana University now known as the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction. The Kinsey Institute then created SIECUS in 1964 as its educational arm. Its first director was Dr. Mary Calderone, the former medical director of Planned Parenthood. SIECUS has since become the most significant driving force behind sexuality education in the United States, and according to a tax filing with the IRS, "promotion of sexuality education and individual sexual rights," is the primary purpose of SIECUS.

This brings us to the role of SIECUS in the promotion of CSE internationally today. UNESCO now works in partnership with SIECUS and acknowledges that a former director of SIECUS is one of the principle authors of its International Guidelines on Sexuality Education, first released in 2009 in draft form. After a huge public outcry at the inappropriate and graphic nature of the Guidelines, UNESCO revised them, removing some of the most explicit language and has now published a somewhat less controversial version which will be examined in a subsequent section of this report. While many believed the original Guidelines were removed from circulation, they are still available online at an official UN website.


1 Talking With Your Child About Sex: Questions and Answers for Children from Birth to Puberty: Mary Calderone,  page XV.

2 For more information visit Dr. Judith Reisman’s website.

3 "Attacking the Last Taboo," Time Magazine.