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Let's Talk Month Encourages Adults to Talk with Youth about Love, Sex & Relationships

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Columbia, SC —  During the month of October, groups across the nation including the South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy (SC Campaign), promote effective communication between young people and the adults they trust, especially their parents.  Let's Talk Month emphasizes the importance of a strong partnership between the community and families in helping young people develop responsible, positive, sexual health attitudes and behaviors.

In celebration of Let’s Talk Month, the SC Campaign will be traveling the state to encourage adults to have ongoing conversations with young people about love, sex and relationships. Their efforts will include events in Florence, Hartsville, Orangeburg, and Columbia and will feature author and teen pregnancy prevention advocate Shane Salter. A former teen dad and foster child, Salter will share his life experiences and provide vital insight for parents and those working with vulnerable youth. The following events are free and open to the public but space is limited and registration is required via www.teenpregnancysc.org/events.

Florence: Wednesday, October 21, 9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. Florence County Library, 509 South Dargan St.

Hartsville: Wednesday, October 21, 12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m. Butler Heritage Foundation, 1103 South Sixth St.

Orangeburg: Thursday, October 22, 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Claflin University, Arthur Rose Museum, 400 Magnolia St.

Columbia: Thursday, October 22, 12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m. Elm Abode Mansion, 1335 Elm Abode Terrace

“If there’s one thing we all agree on, it’s that parents should be the primary sexuality educators of their children,” said Forrest Alton, Chief Executive Officer of the SC Campaign.  “Young people are vocal and consistent in their belief that parents and other caring adults have the most influence on their decisions about sex, but parents often underestimate the impact they have on their children’s decision making.  Let’s Talk Month is the perfect opportunity to remind parents and caring adults that now is a good time to start conversations with young people about love, sex, and relationships.”

For more information on parent/child communication and tips for talking with your child about love, sex and relationships, visit www.notrightnowsc.org.  To register for one of the events featuring Shane Salter, visit www.teenpregnancysc.org/events.  

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About Let’s Talk Month:
Let’s Talk Month began in 1980 as a local campaign in Charlotte, North Carolina. Advocates for Youth is the national sponsor of Let's Talk Month, which is now celebrated in all 50 states and several other countries.