Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Education
State Board of Education
Guidance Document Change: The guidance document "Model Policies Concerning Instructional Materials with Sexually Explicit Content" was developed in conjunction with stakeholders in order to comply with SB656 (2022).
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8/3/22  10:26 pm
Commenter: Natalie Erdossy

We have got to have age appropriate safeguards in place

I am a social worker who works specifically with sexual assault and domestic violence survivors, including children. I am also the mother of four precious children, whose hearts and minds I safeguard as best I can. I have always been a staunch advocate for freedom of speech and access to literature and opposing views. Please understand my horror when I learned that actual obscene, VIOLENT, pornographic content was available for the taking in my Childrens’ school libraries. What’s worse is this is seemingly the only type of content where lgbtq and vulnerable minority populations are portrayed! Come on, now. We can use reason and common sense here. If I have to sign a permission slip for my 14 year old to watch a PG movie I certainly do not expect her to be exposed to graphic content in books or graphic novels in the classroom. I strongly support safeguards that protect our children’s mental and emotional health. This kind of content desensitizes them to violence, specifically violent sex acts. I can tell you from professional experience how damaging this exposure is for our entire community. Please keep content age appropriate for the Commonwealth’s well-being. 

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