“They will still be kids, believe it or not, even if they have sex ed. They will remain young people.” 


—  Ericka Hart, sex educator

 Why Are Reports of Subway Sex Crimes on the Rise?


The number of reported sex crimes in the New York City subway system increased last year for the fourth year in a row—an uptick attributed to a rise in public awareness that’s led to more victims coming forward, experts say.

The NYPD received 1,024 reports of sex offenses in the transit system in 2017, up 8.8 percent from 2016, when there were 941 such crimes, according to statistics provided by police. The number of incidents in 2016 were also up 27.5 percent from 2015, when there were 738 incidents, police said. So far this year, however, the trend appears to be slowing: there were 501 subway incidents reported in 2018 as of July 29, compared to 593 during the same time period in 2017, according to NYPD stats.

What New York's Teens Are Learning About Sex, Consent & Rape

JULY 27, 2018 - WNYC
Andres O'Hara


Back in September of 2017, the New York City Comptroller’s office released a report about the state of health education and sex ed in New York. It found, among other things, that 88 percent of middle and high schools don’t have a teacher licensed for health education, 28 percent of middle schools don’t have a teacher assigned to teach health, and a whopping 97 percent of middle and high school health instructors are not licensed. New York State requires one semester of health taught during middle school years, but only 57 percent of eighth graders had taken it, according to the report.

#FirstGenSexTalk: Where the Parents Come In

FEB 13, 2018 - WNYC
Shumita Basu


The term "influencer" has taken on a new meaning in the era of social media and online advertising. But Saswati Sarkar from the New York City Alliance of Sexual Assault was asking young people about a different kind of influencer in their lives.


"Who are the influencers in your community, who people will listen to?" Sarkar asked.

#FirstGenSexTalk: Challenging Stereotypes

FEB 8, 2018 - WNYC
Shumita Basu


When the facilitators at the New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault first started hosting discussion groups about sex, relationships and consent for young people, they made several purposeful choices.

First, they decided to focus on communities of color and immigrant communities, because these groups are traditionally underserved by traditional "sex ed" messaging. And second, this program would encourage young people to think about leveraging the strengths of their community to promote better, more open communication between parents and kids, and in turn lead to healthier, violence-free relationships.

How First-Generation New Yorkers Handle Street Harassment

FEB 6, 2018 - WNYC
Shumita Basu


A lot of parents struggle to talk openly about sexuality with their kid. For immigrant parents raising a family in a new country, that struggle can be amplified by unique stress factors that affect immigrant communities.

The New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault has been holding discussion groups for young people with similar racial backgrounds and immigrant-parent upbringings, as a way to supplement traditional "sex ed" messaging that usually lacks cultural literacy.

Immigrant Parents, American Kids, and "The Sex Talk"

FEB 5, 2018 - WNYC
Shumita Basu


You know the cliché: When it comes to The Sex Talk, the kids are squeamish and the parents are unwilling.



Add to that the unique experience of immigrant parents raising their kids here in the States, sometimes finding themselves in conflict with seemingly "American" values around sex, gender roles and relationships.

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