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Local Group Helps Parents Talk About Safe Sex with Teens

"A lot of our parents just don't know where to begin. It's like where do I even start like is it too soon to talk about that?," said Liz Lundberg, S.T.E.P. program director.
BERKELEY COUNTY, W.Va. - Studies show that in West Virginia one in 22 teenage girls will become pregnant before the age of 20. One group is stepping up and teaching parents and teens how to have the conversation about safe sex.

"A lot of our parents just don't know where to begin. It's like where do I even start like is it too soon to talk about that?," said Liz Lundberg, S.T.E.P. program director.

S.T.E.P. or Success Through Empowerment Program is hosting a discussions series for parents and caregivers about how to talk about safe sex with their teens.

"You know if you can add some humor to it. It puts them at ease and helps them be able to do that in their household too," said Lundberg. "Because I know you want to get serious but if you can add some humor to it, it really helps."

Coordinators say there's also a discussion about faith and sexuality for the local religious community.

"Often times in the church it's hard to approach the topics of sex and so we wanted help those parents be able to comfortable talk about not only you know the natural part of sex but talking about their belief system and how to include their faith in that conversation," said Lundberg.

Lundberg says the entire series is a community effort.

"We're partnering with different community entities  and really doing this and it's not just us so you know we're really being a community that's going to help our kids make wise choices for their future," said Lundberg.

In the future, S.T.E.P. wants to continue the dialog. They hope this discussion can become an annual event.

The free discussions series started this week and continues for the next two weeks. For more information about the discussion topics, contact Liz Lundberg at (304)-596-5508 or elundberg@childhswv.org.
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