For the past twenty years, students ages 11 to 18 attended the Oregon Adolescent Sexuality Conference in Seaside, Oregon. Recently, KOIN 6 News revealed that contrary to “preventing teen pregnancy, preventing STDs and developing healthy relationships,” as conference director Brad Victor promised, the conference promotes dangerous sexual activities for minors.
One workshop entitled “From Texting to Teledildonics: Is Technology Changing Sex?” led by keynote speaker Cory Silverberg teaches students about phone sex, pornogoraphy, and teledildonics.
“Teledildonics basically refers to the control of sex toys over the Internet; the remote use of sex toys,” said Silverberg in an audiotape recorded by an attendee.
Silverberg taught students how to use an adult website called Virtual Fem. One student explained that Silverberg gave detailed instructions on how to make an avatar and press command keys to perform virtual sex acts.
Numerous handouts were administered to students encouraging cyber and phone sex and suggesting ways students can engage in sexual activity without “going all the way.” Pamphlets encouraged behavior such as bathing together, shaving each other, wearing each other’s underwear, roleplaying, buying an extra-large pair of pajama bottoms to sleep in together, lap dances, and strip teases.
Victor declined to comment when confronted with the graphic content of the conferences.
When KOIN 6 investigator asked whether he thought the material in the pamphlets would be effective to prevent teen sex, Victor said, “I’m not going to address that question. That question is inappropriate.”
Lisa Maloney, St. Helens School District board member, said she was concerned by what she witnessed.
“All kinds of speakers about Internet porn, using Internet sex toys, using meth as is shown in this book for when you’re engaging in sex. It encourages using meth because it helps your sexual drive and what not in here,” said Maloney. “It says it in this booklet that was handed out and given out to all young people.”
The section of the handout to which Maloney referred states, “Meth is widely used for a million reasons to have lots of sex with lots of partners for long periods.”
Although all students need permission slips to attend the conference, most parents admitted to being unaware of the nature of the material.
“If it was an adult sex conference, we wouldn’t even be having this conversation, but this is directed to adolescents. We want them to be safe,” said mother Lori Porter.
The program is funded through state tax money. Victor receives support from two state agencies as well as the federal government. The conference’s website lists Oregon Health Authority and the Oregon Department of Education as some of the conference’s supporters.
Seven of the sixteen Oregon school districts who attended in the past now refuse to participate in the April’s upcoming conference.
Clatsop County Sheriff Tom Bergin is now working to shut down the program. So far he has contacted the Clatsop County district attorney to investigate criminal activity at the conference.
“When we saw your story, it validated a lot of concerns that we had,” said Bergin to a KOIN 6 reporter.
“We want to first get it shut down and stopped. If it’s not stopped, I can guarantee you we will be scrutinizing this and looking into it in depth.”