By Stacey Urban
A surgeon General’s report “Facing Addiction in America” finds that abuse of substances such as alcohol and drugs is a growing problem in the United States. The adolescent years are critical at-risk periods. Research show that many adults with substance abuse problems started drinking or taking drugs in their teen years. Teen-age substance abuse is linked to sexual risk behaviors that lead young people to contract sexually transmitted diseases and become pregnant. More needs to be done to lessen such consequences.

 The report concludes that prevention programs for this risky behaviors should focus on individuals, peers, families, schools and communities. When students’ schools environment are supportive and parents are engaged in their children’s live they are less likely to use alcohol or take drugs or engage in premarital sexual behavior. 

 The CDC says in their resource that for primary prevention activities targeting substance use and sexual risk behaviors to be effective, they should include “Peer-led drug and alcohol resistance programs”.

But why not include peer led sex resistance programs?  That is exactly the proven concept behind the Urban Life Training proposal for every school district to have a Right Choices Youth Prevention Corps.

 

 

Seventy eight percent of West Virginia ninth grade students are abstaining from sex.  Yet, this percentage drops to 32% for twelfth grade students.  We are missing a great opportunity.

Youth who are abstaining from sex can serve as a great resource who can encourage their peers to make right choices.  Youth who are not sexually active enjoy helping their peers as a peer counselor.  They also gain speaking skills and a mutual support group.

 There are many benefits for youth who decide to wait to have sex.  Here are a few:

  • Young adults who graduate from high school, get a full time job and wait until 21 and married before having children have a 7% chance that their children will live in poverty. Those who don’t follow any of these rules have a 74% chance that their children will live in poverty.
  • Couples not sexually active before marriage report higher levels of romance, are more likely to be faithful in marriage and have a lower risk of divorce.
  • Being sexually active is correlated with higher rates of self-destructive behaviors such as much higher rates of using alcohol, cigarettes, marijuana and other drugs, running away from home, being arrested by the police and suspended from school for both boys and girls.
  • In addition, sexually active girls (ages 12-16) have a two or three times higher risk to be lonely, upset, or tense, five times higher risk to consider hurting themselves and six times higher risk to attempt suicide.

 There were 2920 teen pregnancies in West Virginia in the most recent reporting year (2013), and 1416 births in 2017.   These births cost taxpayers $37,953,000.  Why not leverage the positive message that can be given to peers by youths who are abstaining from sex.  Such a program will pay for itself and save taxpayers countless dollars.

If you like to know about Abstinence Programs in Kenya you will love this article:

https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/lifestyle/article/2000228716/our-youth-need-lessons-on-abstinence

 

Katherine Wambui known as Katie Vobic is a broadcaster of Hero Radio in Nakuru, Kenya.  Nakuru is the fourth largest city in Kenya and is 86 miles from Nairobi the capitol city of Kenya. Wambui visits schools across the city of Nakuru, teaching the values of abstinence to teenagers.  She teaches the dangers of being sexually active, drugs and alcohol. She started the abstinence program in Nakuru three years ago.  She is also road safety ambassador for Nakuru.  Wambui is making a difference in teen lives and helping them to make the right decision to be sexually abstinent.  Wambui says abstinence costs you nothing and being sexually active can cost many millions of dollars. 

College Students, Parents, if you want to know what Abstinence groups advocated for this past Valentine’s Day, you will only love this article but also the posters.

http://us3.campaign-archive2.com/?u=f4995065ee6f344de3ba3f11d&id=5330a25b74&e=01224a9868

https://secure.loveandfidelity.org/np/clients/loveandfidelity/news.jsp?news=203&

 

Valentine’s Day is usually viewed around the college campuses as one thing, sex.  But this year and over the past decade Love & Fidelity Network (LFN) sponsored college groups around campuses nationwide to Be Unexpected. The posters encourages students not only to be abstinent, to not get caught up in the media, and to build better relationships with your friends and parents.  In the press release they suggest you also ask your grandparents, parents or other married couples you are close to about how they met. College students we need to be abstinent, find good friends, and look to better role models then the media so you can be successful in life. If you are single or have boyfriend or girlfriend be abstinent so you can be wonderful parents and have love & fidelity in marriage. Remember students it is never too late to pledge a life of sexual abstinence until marriage.

Parents, Young Adults and Teachers you will love this article. http://www.caller.com/story/news/education/2016/12/13/ccisd-introduce-visuals-sex-education/95361316/

Aim for Success Inc. a is Dallas, TX based non-profit  and it has received the funding back for their Xtreme Abstinence Program in Corpus Christi, TX for this school year September 2016-June 2017 and beyond.  Corpus Christi is a coastal city located in Southeast, TX. Xtreme Abstinence Program presents an hour long presentation of facts about STDs, condoms why you should be abstinent and shows graphic images of Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) and Herpes infections on male and female genitalia. The definition for Genitalia means the organ for reproduction.  The funding for Aim for Success Inc. and the Xtreme Abstinence Program was cut in Corpus Christi in 2006. Parents are allowed to opt their teenager out of this program.  The Xtreme Abstinence Program is taught from middle through to high school now in Corpus Christi.

Some of the facts that this programs presents:

1.       “1,500 teen girls get pregnant every day in the U.S.”

2.        “10,000 teenagers get STDs every day”. Most teens do not have symptoms.

3.       “1 out 2 sexually active young people will acquire an STD before age 25.”

4.       HPV is the #1 cause of throat cancer. You can also get HPV from Oral Sex.

Aim for Success Inc.  was founded by Marilyn Morris in 1993. Marilyn Morris found out she was pregnant at age seventeen. She and her boyfriend decided to get married at ages of 17 and 18. From this experience Marilyn and her husband Charles have passion and have helped young people to stay abstinent.  The organization has helped over 2 million teens, parents and educators.   I do not recommend getting married at ages of 17 and 18. Marilyn is also very lucky that her boyfriend did not leave her. “Eight out ten teen dads do not marry the mother of their child.” Remember teens it’s never too late to become sexually abstinent. I recommend marrying in your early to mid-twenties.

Sources:

http://www.aimforsuccess.org/whoweare

 

https://www.dosomething.org/facts/11-facts-about-teen-dads

The Author of this article traveled around the country of Uganda to schools that were teaching abstinence education as the main part of the schools sex education curriculum. Through his experience he learned that, if younger children asked about sex their question should be answered by their parents, according to what was appropriate to their age.  If I was parent of five year old I would say sex is what happens when a man and a woman love each other in order to have babies. Men and Women should of course wait to have sex until marriage.   Not all cartoons, music, picture books, or another form of media are good for children. Some cartoons and other forms of media encourage sex.  In these schools that the author went to their abstinence education curriculum starts at 11 years old. The abstinence education also continues into high school. One of the girls at these schools in Uganda asked the author “Is it true if you wash your vagina with Mirinda Fruity or Coca-Cola you don’t get pregnant?”  Mirinda Fruity is a fruit soda. The author said “no and you can get pregnant if you have sex.  Condoms fail to prevent pregnancy twenty-three percent of the time between teen couples. Parents should encourage their pre-teen/teenager to be abstinent from sex until marriage. Remember even if you didn’t it doesn’t mean your teenager cannot stay abstinent from sex until marriage.

Sources:

National Abstinence Association

http://weascend.org/

 

http://allafrica.com/stories/201611070748.html
http://urbanlifetraining.org/home2/ 

Pure Love Essay Contest 2011-2012 Washington State

First Prize High School Category (11-12)

Second Prize High School Category (11-12)

First Prize High School Category (9-10)

Second Prize High School Category (9-10)

First Prize Alumni Category

Second Prize Middle School Category

Read Northwest Chapter Pure Love Essay Contest 2010 Excerpts Here.

Northwest Chapter /WA,AK,ID,MT,OR/ 

 Pure Love Essay Contest 2009

Middle School: 

1st Place Winner- Latrice Johnson

2nd Place Winner- Akalia Woods

High School 9th and 10th grade:

 1st Place Winner - Amy McCready

2nd Place Winner - Mikako Isshi

 High School 11th and 12th grade:

1st Place Winner - Justin Taylor

2nd  Place Winner - Seneca Anglin

 College:

1st  Place Winner- James Burgess

2nd  Place Winner - Leighton Degoede

Special Recognition: 

Pastor Mike and his Daughter Naomi

 

Essay Contest 2007 WDC

Topic: "Is sexual abstinence better for unmarried persons?"

High School Division: Grades 9 to 12

First Place Winner: Tierra Glymph: Go to Essay

Second Place Winner: Charise Hughes: Go to Essay

Middle School Division: Grades 6 to 8

First Place Winner: Raquel Reed: Go to Essay

Third Place Winner: Mary Carew: Go to Essay

 

Tierra Shanise Glymph, 9th Grade

March 4, 2007

Ultra Teen Choice Essay

“Abstinence Better for Unmarried Persons”

In today’s climate where HIV is rampant, values are distorted and respect is lacking, abstinence until marriage is better for unmarried persons.  I believe abstinence is better for unmarried persons because intimate relationships have consequences.  People who are considering sex and intimacy must remember that every action has a reaction and a consequence.  Males and females that remain abstinent until marriage are sending a clear message that they want to be respected and that they have respect for themselves and others.  They are also showing that they choose “life”.
I believe in Ultra Teen Choice and abstinence because statistics have shown that young people who indulge in sexual activities too early and before marriage are often more predisposed or receptive to other problems and negative behaviors.  These teens, for example, often become involved with drugs and alcohol.  As they indulge in these negative behaviors, they end up having poor self-esteem and very little respect for themselves and others.  Their negative behaviors often lead to poor school attendance, inability to concentrate, declining grades and depression.  In some cases, many become high school dropouts.  In addition to declining academically, their social skills also decline as they lack respect for themselves and others – including parents and friends.   
Teens that indulge in sexual activities too early are also more at risk to acquiring sexually transmitted diseases such as Chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and even HIV.  They are often more at risk because they are not aware of protections that are available.  HIV affects millions of men, women and children worldwide.  HIV has no respect for gender, color, income, or even sexual preference, meaning that the disease that was once considered “the gay disease” is now rampant and affecting everyone.  
Teens who are sexually active too early often become victims of circumstances because they are unprepared to cope with serious relationships and their consequences.  One of these consequences is teen pregnancy.  Yearly, hundreds of babies are born to unmarried teens that either do not want children or are unprepared to become parents.  
Surveys have shown that in the same manner that adults are affected by drug and alcohol abuse, teens are also affected.  Many of these negative behaviors often accompany people that are sexually active too early.  According to a CDC and Prevention Survey, 25% of 9th graders reported binge drinking (defined as having five or more drinks on one occasion); 40% of ninth grade students reported having consumed alcohol before they were age 13; 26.2% of 9th graders reported having smoked cigarettes and 11.6% reported having used marijuana before age 13.  The key is that many of these behaviors tend to follow teens that are sexually active too early and not abstinent until marriage.
Serious relationships require a level of maturity and commitment, and marriage    is an expression of this commitment.  Between the ages of 12 and 18 years of age, are we really prepared for these types of relationships?  Shouldn’t we instead be more focused on finishing high school and college?  Some people think that this type of thinking is only for geeks.  But, I assure you that college in one of the pathways to success.
Teens who are sexually active too early often become victims of depression because they are once again unprepared to cope with serious relationships.  According the American Counseling Association, 30% of teens suffer from depression.  This depression often leads to low self esteem, low school attendance, and poor grades and suicide.
As young women, we are often degraded verbally and not taken seriously by our male counterparts, many of whom view their girlfriends like trophies that they place on shelves to gather dusk.  As young women, we must insist on being taken seriously.
By being abstinent until marriage, we are sending a clear message that we
(1) have a choice; (2) we choose “life”; (3) we want to be respected; (4) we want to be taken seriously; (5) we care enough about our bodies not t not to share it with any and everybody that comes along; and (6) we want to follow God’s plan.
            As my mother would try to talk with me about sexuality issues, I would often say “TMI” or “Too much information.”   But, then I realized that this is reality and that we need to be aware of ourselves and our environment.    By learning about my environment, I am able to make the choice of abstinence.
By being abstinent, we are telling our male counterparts and the world that we want to be respected and not be referred to by the “h” word (hoe) or “b”***** word.  Each and every one of us is important!  By waiting until marriage, we are committing ourselves to the special person that we care about and who cares about us. By waiting until marriage, we are choosing “life”, a life in which exposure to HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases are minimized.  Abstinence until marriage is important!

“Is Sexual Abstinence Better for Unmarried Persons?”
By: Charise Hughes, 11th Grade

                        Sexual Abstinence is a very controversial topic; Sexual Abstinence is the practice of voluntarily refraining  from all forms of sexual and drug  Activity . Sexual   abstinence in my opinion is better for unmarried persons because it is simply a decision that is made to become mentally and physically pure. I also feel that when you are single and  abstinent there is so much pressure released from your mind and spirit. Being abstinent is an issue in our country between and among the wed and the  unwed, being abstinent is a decision that should be made based on religious beliefs as well  as  your intuition. Sexual  abstinence is better for  unmarried people because being in love is such a beautiful thing and sometimes people believe that sex is love and in my opinion that’s not the case. Sex can hurt us in so many ways, Sex can damage you mentally and physically and although some of us know that we still choose the other path. Sexual abstinence may be better for   unmarried people because if you aren’t married and you are being sexually active, it is inappropriate because it’s not of God and it ' s against the bible. I also feel that abstinence is   good for married people also; I think it’s a way to find out that a person is your true companion and it ' s also a way to make sure that  are living up to your vows.  Sexual Abstinence in this country is not very effective for  married or   unmarried people but I  feel that it is necessary because it helps to prevent STD exposure,   pregnancy, and other bodily harm;   it also saves you from risk of mental danger such as depression and  thoughts of suicide. I 100% agree with sexual abstinence being more effective for unmarried people because you aren’t tied down and you can think for   yourself without a companion trying to force you to do something that you don’t agree with. Being unmarried leaves you open to many opportunities with people of the opposite sex that you may potentially like and you don’t have to feel under as much pressure to make a decision and when you are by yourself most of the time you will ultimately make the right decision for your self . American people are very, very fortunate because  through out   history   in many countries having sex before marriage was  morally wrong because of their strong religious views .    Many people were stoned to death if pregnant who were not  already married but in today’s society there is nothing that the law can do because it’s a fee country and America also doesn’t have a national religion. Being abstinent for anyone is a beautiful thing and a decision that unmarried people should be pushed to make because if you are not married having sex one time can change the rest of your life, and I don’t mean for good if it is continually done. Abstinence is also good for unmarried people who have already had sex ; they can turn to secondary virginity,  they can stop where they are and give it all up and become pure, saving  their body until marriage. Life is too  short not to be abstinent because when you are out getting a  two  minute thrill in that  two  minutes you can have Syphilis, HIV or any other disease that is out here because none of us are exempt from theses life changing diseases. In conclusion I would like to infer that I agree with abstinence in all forms that it comes in.