Frequently Asked Questions
What is SIECUS?
Is SIECUS a government organization?
Does SIECUS have members?
What resources does SIECUS provide?
Does SIECUS have a library that is open to the public?
Does SIECUS provide referrals to sex therapists?
Does SIECUS answer personal questions about sexuality?
Does SIECUS help students who are writing research papers?
Does SIECUS help journalists and reporters working on articles?
Does SIECUS provide reprint permission for its publications?
SIECUS is a 44-year-old non-profit organization. In 1964, a physician, a lawyer, a sociologist, a family life educator, a clergyman, and a public health educator came together to form a new organization dedicated to assuring that all people had access to information about sexuality. In the four decades that have followed, SIECUS has been at the forefront of efforts to promote sexuality education for people of all ages, protect sexual rights, and expand access to sexual health services. Today, SIECUS trains educators, advocates for the sound public policies related to sexuality, and provides information and resources on a host of sexuality topics.
SIECUS is a private non-profit organization. We are supported primarily by grants from private foundations and individuals. SIECUS also has a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Adolescent and School Health to provide technical assistance and support to state and local education agencies on their HIV-prevention efforts. SIECUS is not a government organization.
SIECUS is not a membership organization. However, we do rely on support from private individuals. Individuals who are interested in supporting SIECUS can submit donations online, or can contact Jason Osher, SIECUS’ Vice President for Development and CFO at email@example.com.
SIECUS provides educators, advocates, policymakers, journalists, parents, and young people with numerous publications and websites that focus on various topics related to sexuality such as sexuality education, abstinence-only-until-marriage programs, STDs and HIV, teen pregnancy, and adolescent sexuality. We also provide technical assistance to individuals and communities facing controversy, educators creating or evaluating sexuality education curricula, policymakers and their staff, and journalists researching stories. We suggest that individuals looking for information first check this website, as well as SIECUS’ other websites SexEdLibrary, Community Action Kit, and No More Money. Individuals who cannot find the information they are looking for on our websites, can send specific questions to SIECUS staff using the form on the contact us page.
SIECUS collects curricula, books, research articles, and other resources so that we can provide the most up-to-date and complete information and technical assistance possible. Our library is not open to the public. We list many of the curricula we collect on our SexEdLibrary website, create bibliographies of books on a variety of topics and write research updates summarizing and analyzing the most recent journal articles and reports. Individuals who cannot find what they are looking for in these resources should contact us.
SIECUS does not provide referrals to sex therapists. Individuals looking for a qualified sex therapist in their area should visit the website of the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists at www.aasect.org.
SIECUS does not answer personal questions about sexuality.
Individuals who have questions about sexual health issues such as erectile dysfunction, sexually transmitted diseases, or birth control should contact their health care provider.
Individuals can also get information on sexual health from the Facts of Life Line (888/307-9275) sponsored by Planned Parenthood of Western Washington.
Individuals with questions about STDs can contact the American Social Health Association’s STI Resource Center Hotline at 800/227-8922 or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Hotline at 800/CDC- INFO.
Individuals looking for clinics that provide STD testing and contraceptive services can also contact their local Planned Parenthood clinic by calling 800/230-PLAN.
Individuals who have questions about sexual assault or abuse can contact the Rape Abuse and Incest National Network at 800/656-HOPE.
Parents who have questions about their children related to sexual abuse can contact Stop It Now at 888/773-8368.
SIECUS’ website provides thousands of pages of information on topics that many students research each year. Our information and education page lists all of the resources we provide by topic to aid students and other individuals in their research and fact-finding efforts. We believe that students will find all of the information they need on these pages. Students who have carefully reviewed these pages yet still have questions, may send specific inquiries to SIECUS staff using the form on our contact us page.
SIECUS helps thousands of journalists working on stories related to sexuality each year. We provide background information, statistics, and analysis of current trends. SIECUS’ senior staff members frequently serve as experts in the media and are available for interviews.
Journalists looking for background information or wishing to speak with one of SIECUS’ experts, should contact Patrick Malone at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212/819-9770 ext. 316.
SIECUS produces numerous publications each year. All of our publications are copyrighted. It is our goal for these publications to have a wide distribution which is why we make most of them available free of charge on our website. Educators wishing to print or photocopy SIECUS publications for distribution in their courses do not need express permission, however, we ask that they include the following line on all publications:
Organizations and universities who wish to distribute large quantities (over 200) of reprints (either hard copies or electronic copies) must get express written permission from SIECUS. Publishing companies who we wish to include SIECUS publications or portions of SIECUS publications in a commercially available book or textbook, must get express written permission from SIECUS.
SIECUS reserves the right to charge reprint fees. Use the form on the contact us page to inquire about reprint permission.