In response to public concerns over the Sexual Assault Resource Agency (SARA) presenting unapproved, sex positive, orgasm-centric videos to ninth-grade girls at Western Albemarle High School, SARA has been expelled from the schools.
An April 24 email from Albemarle County School Board Chair, Kate Acuff, explains why [emphasis added]:
From: Kate Acuff
Sent: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 9:11 AM
To: xxx; School Board
Cc: Pam Moran; Matthew Haas; Phil Giaramita
Subject: RE: WAHS and SARA Videos
The video you reference in your April 23 email was shown to 28 students on April 12 by a representative from SARA, who was visiting a Family Life class to make a presentation. The video is not part of our curriculum. It was highly offensive, entirely inappropriate for a student audience and school administrators called each family on April 13 to apologize for its use.
The video was not previously screened by the school, which was a violation of our standard practice. For several years, SARA has been involved in Family Life presentations at Western Albemarle High School without incident. The video used on April 12 had not previously been part of SARA presentations. While these two facts may explain why SARA’s materials were routinely approved, it does not excuse what happened.
As the result of this incident, SARA will no longer be involved with our schools. We also have taken this opportunity to re-send to all principals our approved curricula and the procedures that must be followed at all times in our Family Life classes. This includes the opportunity for members of the public to review all Family Life curriculum materials.
Thank you for sharing your opinion with the School Board.
Kate Acuff, JD, PhD
Chair, Albemarle County School Board
Jack Jouett District
(This is a developing story. Updates to follow…)