tabú is an expert-driven sexual health discovery platform. Say what? Simply put, our community of certified sexual health experts delivers answers you can trust to the questions you're too nervous to ask a real life human being. We're democratizing sex education/health in a way that is modern, approachable, and most of all, accurate.
Why? Well... traditional sex ed is taught in heteronormative terms (if taught at all), and is rarely required to even be factual. In fact, only 13 states mandate medical accuracy. Can you imagine? (You should, because it's true). This allows for the mass proliferation of misinformation, resulting in 20 million new STI cases each year, 2.8 million unintended pregnancies. This is in the US alone. Moreover, one in 5 women, and one in 16 men are sexually assaulted during their time in college. The rates are likely even higher, as more than 90% of sexual assault victims on college campuses do not report the assault. People of color, people who are differently abled, and people who are LGBTQ experience higher rates of sexual assault. These statistics are infuriating, and cannot be ignored. It's time to address the information gap, and truly empower young adults to take control of their bodies and health.
Through our content and nationwide college ambassador program, we are normalizing the conversation and providing inclusive, medically-accurate sex education to young adults across the country (and ultimately, worldwide!). We believe everyone deserves quality, trustworthy sexual health content that covers a range of topics, from birth control and consent, to pleasure and sexual identity. We are leading the charge in fostering a culture in which no conversation is too "tabú," and every question is met with an answer.
Foster a culture in which no conversation is too "tabú," and every question is met with an answer. We're here to pick up the pieces where your sex ed left off (if it ever got started), and give you the answers you deserve! Our content is medically accurate, approachable, and aims to be inclusive of an array of backgrounds and experiences.
Commitment to sexual assault prevention & awareness
Sexual assault is a rampant issue across college campuses. Statistically speaking, 21% of TGQN (transgender, genderqueer, nonconforming) college students have been sexually assaulted, compared to 18% of non-TGQN females, and 4% of non-TGQN males. However, the rates are likely even higher, as 2 out of 3 sexual assaults go unreported. These statistics are alarming, but can also be dehumanizing. When someone has experienced sexual assault, it impacts the rest of their lives in no shortage of ways. Any number of sexual assaults is too many.
Unfortunately, the climate on college campuses, and society in general, leaves many people who experience sexual assault feeling isolated and unwilling to report or find the tools and resources with which to cope. This is largely due to a culture and history of victim blaming, reinforced gender stereotypes, a lack of resources and support for survivors, and a misguided belief that "the incident wasn't serious enough."
We started tabú to equip young adults with the information and communication skills they need to navigate consent-based, pleasurable, and healthy relationships with their bodies and sex. Knowledge is power, and we believe that it's time to open up the conversation around sexuality, and inform students, faculty, parents, law enforcement, and everyone on consent, boundaries, empathy, and healthy communication. There's a lot of ground to cover! We are committed to helping put an end to this devastating cycle through empowerment and education, and we hope you will join us in our journey to do so.