Juneau, Alaska (KINY) The house declared April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month but not without controversy.
Rep. David Eastman took issue with the curriculum in the Fourth R program for Healthy Relationships. He said emergency contraception mentioned int he curriculum talks about drugs that are not effective once the egg has been implanted. "One of those drugs has a number of very troubling side effects in addition to the fact it has been used as an abortion drug."
Eastman said there are many good things about the curriculum but questioned some of the content and the drugs being introduced to students in the classes.
Rep. Charisse Millett says no drugs are ever dispensed to children, "There not handing out drugs in schools, we have laws that prevent that. That is a ridiculous accusation to say we are giving seventh and eighth graders drugs. Its inflammatory, its not truthful and we are giving them false information."
A survey found in 2015, one in three Alaskan women had experienced sexual assault in their lifetime.
2,126 kids were evaluated for possible sexual abuse in the state in 2016.
1,625 adults requested services at rape crisis centers in Alaska in 2016.
The program is taught in the 7th through the 9th grade in many Alaskan schools