WASHINGTON, February 19, 2003 ( – Michele Ridge, wife of U.S. Homeland Security director Tom Ridge, is national spokesman for the Communities That Care (CTC) program, which is sending a survey to 400 schools asking teens if they engage in oral sex, use drugs or have considered suicide. The survey is used to collect personal information from students to help local governments claim their share millions of dollars of federal and foundation grant applications.  The survey asks of 15- to 18-year-old high school students: “How old were you when you first had sex?”“Have you ever had oral sex?”“The last time you had sexual intercourse, what one method did you or your partner use to prevent pregnancy?”  Mrs. Ridge has praised the program as “a perfect platform for allowing communities to come together in an objective, scientific way — without finger-pointing. It’s a truly bipartisan, apolitical process that results in better, healthier communities that help children grow up with more hope, more opportunity, and better outcomes.”  For more details see:


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