Studies – Abstinence / Pornography / Sex Outside Marriage Research

Pornography and the Brain

Resource Booklet: ‘Your Brain on Porn’ Neurons that fire together, wire together. Like other addictive substances, pornography floods the brain with dopamine. A consistent rush of dopamine traveling to the limbic system rewires the brain’s reward pathway and ultimately changes the makeup of the brain. This can result in an increased appetite for pornography. According to the author, there are five primary ways pornography effects the brain. 1. Watching porn decreases sexual satisfaction. It trains us to desire the variety and “designer sex” of porn more than the familiar sexuality of marriage. 2. Watching porn disconnects people from real relationships. It trains individuals to detach emotional involvement from sexual experience. 3. Watching porn lowers ones view of women. It trains the viewer to see women as sexual commodities, not people created in God’s image. 4. Watching porn desensitizes the viewer to cruelty. It numbs those watching to the seriousness of verbal and physical aggression. 5. Watching porn makes people want to watch more porn. It taps into the neuro-circuitry of the brain, forming a desire for the rush of sexual energy from porn again and again. Learn more about the effects pornography has on the brain by downloading a free copy of Your Brain on Porn. Sex is highly glorified in our culture. Between risqué ads and promiscuous characters, the average American will see 15,000 sexual references a year on television alone. Many popular shows like Game of Thrones are pornographic, yet millions of Americans, both Christian and non-Christian, watch them on a regular basis. With porn so prevalent, it’s easy to think it’s no big deal. In the...

Gender Ideology, Children, Objective Sexual Abuse, Comprehensive Sex Education: 3 Articles

The War on Abstinence and Fidelity A recent comment in The Lancet makes the case that when it comes to international HIV/AIDS prevention, abstinence and fidelity should be abandoned in favor of comprehensive sexuality education (CSE). Titled “A farewell to abstinence and fidelity?”, the brief article was written by authors from UNAIDS, the Swedish Association for Sexuality Education, and University College, London. Discussing the High-Level Meeting on Ending Aids held in June, they wrote: “Many socially conservative Member States, in alliance with the Holy See, argued against the deletion of abstinence and fidelity as core components of effective HIV prevention. They were urged on by actors on the margins who provided delegates with misinformation and spurious arguments in opposition to comprehensive sexuality education.” Proponents of CSE will not tolerate even the inclusion of abstinence and fidelity alongside other measures; only deletion will do. What nobody disputes is that abstinence and fidelity, when practiced consistently, are effective in preventing HIV, crisis pregnancies, and sexually transmitted infections, not to mention the emotional and psychological consequences of sex outside marriage. While CSE advocates frequently claim that abstinence education is ineffective in changing behavior—certainly a disputable claim—they show little interest in coming up with more effective abstinence-based curricula. Rather, they seek to impose a set of values around human sexuality that are highly controversial and, in many parts of the world, utterly unacceptable. Particularly when it comes to young adolescents, sexual activity can have devastating consequences, and brings no benefits. The fastest-growing health risk for adolescents around the world is “unsafe” sexual activity—but it isn’t as if “safe” sexual activity is beneficial to...

To Divorce-Proof Yourself, Don’t Have Premarital Sex: Report

Some say it’s good to have a lot of sex partners before marriage so you get used to trying people out and can find what you like. Others, like me, have said that’s crazy talk. If you get used to shopping around before marriage, you’re developing a bad habit of loving and leaving that will make you more likely to divorce once married. A new study provides more ammunition for the latter idea. The study, of women who married in the 2000s, purports to find a “counterintuitive” result: That both women with zero to one and with three to nine sex partners are less likely to divorce than ladies with two or more than ten partners. Therefore, it says, “the relationship between divorce and the number of sexual partners women have prior to marriage is not linear.” But take a look at the graph. If you learned elementary-school-level graph-reading skills, you will see that only one sex partner frequency — the spouse only – no sex partners before marriage — is associated with extremely low divorce rates five years into marriage: graph — http://thefederalist.com/2016/06/06/report-to-divorce-proof-yourself-dont-have-premarital-sex/ So what do we see here? That women who married in the 2000s were least likely to divorce if they had no sex partners before marriage, at a rate of approximately 6 percent. That’s almost divorce-proof. Even just one sex partner before marriage moved up a woman’s chances of divorce within five years of marriage to one in five chances, at a 20 percent rate. Even though there’s a small dip between two and ten sex partners before marriage, the divorce rate for every other...

Porn Leads to Violent Acts

Research has found that after men are exposed to pornography, they rate themselves as less in love with their partner than men who didn’t see any porn. Now why would that be? Because porn gets rid of the complications, conflicts and complexities that come along with real relationships with real people. Not only is porn a complete fantasy world, but in makes it more difficult for users to have real, loving relationships. Viewing porn frequently is also associated with feeling cynical about love in general, less trust in romantic partners and with feeling that marriage is confining. This $97 billion global industry is not an innocent outlet for stress or a way to pass time. It is a destructive, manipulative and deceptive industry that is objectifying people and destroying love. [16 Dec 2015,...

Respectful Resolve: 12 Points for Parents to Consider

Are you ever upset about what your children are exposed to in their public school? Do you have a desire to correct the wrongdoings? Fighting for justice can be hard in a world that constantly condemns others for being “judgmental” or “too strict.” More often than ever, schoolchildren are being exposed to pornographic and sexually violent images in the name of “sex education.” Lori Porter, Director of Parents’ Rights in Education, has compiled 12 bullet points on how to create change in a respectful way. Her mission is to protect and advocate for parents’ rights to guide the education of their children. How to Create Change in a Respectful way: Look at school district policy and find out what it says about providing a “safe learning environment” for students, supporting parent/child relationship, and student/teacher having inappropriate material/porn via phone, computer, etc. Make copies of these (for when speaking to admin, super, school board, etc.). Tell/show this to as many parents and guardians as possible in the school district! Go to superintendent (never alone). Have these pictures in hand. Videotape (preferably) or audio tape your meeting. (*Superintendent wants to keep his/her job; does not want scandal; does not want to taint his/her reputation…for any future job they may pursue). Expect them to justify how this “artwork” is appropriate for minors to be exposed to. If your concerns are dismissed, get as much publicity on this as possible – put pressure and the spotlight on the district. Any and every parent possible, should go into building and begin taking pictures of this evidence. They should go see administrator (never go alone)...

Adolescents Who Have had 4 or More Sexual Partners, by Family Structure and Religious Participation

New research has shown that the probability of adolescents (ages 13-19) having four or more sexual partners within a year is less likely among those who were raised in “intact families that attended religious services weekly or more.” The data was derived from a study where participants were asked to respond to the question, “Since January 1, with how many people in total have you had a sexual relationship?” as well as questions regarding their attendance to religious services. In total, the study found that adolescents were least likely to have four or more sexual partners in the last year when they were raised in intact (i.e. married parents) families who attended religious services once or more per week — 4.4%. The study found that 5.6% of teens in intact families with no regular religious services had four or more sexual partners in the last year, while 11.3% of teens in non-intact (divorced, cohabiting, single parent) families who attended religious services regularly, and 14.0% of teens in non-intact families who did not attend religious services, responded that they had four or more sexual partners in the last year. To read more about the Marriage & Religion Research Institute study and it’s finding, you can check it out at  http://marri.us/get.cfm?i=MA15H01 Family Structure: Adolescents were least likely to have had four or more sexual partners in the past year when raised in intact married families (5.9%). Teens raised in married step-families were more likely to have had four or more sexual partners (9.9%), as were those in intact cohabiting families (11.7%), single-divorced-parent families (11.9%), and cohabiting step-families (15.8%). Comparatively, adolescents raised...

Hilton Worldwide Will Remove All In-Room Porn

The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCSE) announced on August 17th Hilton Worldwide has officially decided to change its policies so that it will no longer sell pornographic videos in any of its properties throughout the entire world. This victory is due to the hard work from the NCSE in conjunction with the thousands of complaints from customers. With this change, Hilton will make their hotels safe and no longer profit from hardcore pornography, which by nature facilitates sexual exploitation. Hilton Worldwide, the international hotel and resort chain, has changed its policies in order to remove all on-demand pornographic videos from all of its properties, worldwide. The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) is grateful to Hilton for its decision to no longer seek profits from hardcore pornography, which by nature facilitates sexual exploitation. “We want to publicly thank Hilton for its decision to create a safe and positive environment for all of its customers,” said Dawn Hawkins, Executive Director of NCOSE. “Hilton has taken a stand against sexual exploitation. Pornography not only contributes to the demand for sex trafficking, which is a serious concern in hotels, but it also contributes to child exploitation, sexual violence, and lifelong porn addictions. The National Center on Sexual Exploitation applauds Hilton Hotels for recognizing these harms, and is glad to announce that Hilton Hotels will be removed from the Dirty Dozen List.” Hilton Hotels had previously been listed on NCOSE’s Dirty Dozen List, which names twelve mainstream organizations contributing to sexual exploitation. To learn more about the Dirty Dozen list, visit: DirtyDozenList.com Founded in 1962, National Center on Sexual Exploitation is the...

Obama Admin Finally Admits Abstinence is the Best Way to Avoid Sexually Transmitted Diseases (2015)

When it comes to self-control, the government has a hard enough time practicing it — let alone promoting it! That’s why last week’s announcement from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) was so important. After years of burying its head in the sand and throwing billions of dollars at an STD problem it helped create, the government finally admitted what … common sense made abundantly clear: abstinence and monogamy are the only ways to avoid disease. In its 2015 “Sexually Transmitted Diseases Treatment Guidelines,” a two-word change made all the difference. Five years ago, the CDC used to say abstinence and monogamy were “a reliable way to avoid disease.” As of last Friday, the agency agrees it’s “the most reliable way”. [ http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/06/05/federal-government-shifts-now-says-monogamy-abstinence-most-reliable-protections-against-stds/ ] That may not seem like a radical edit to most people, but in this administration, moral purity is as foreign a concept as political transparency. For years, FRC and other groups have fought the spread — not just of infection and disease — but of the mentality that sexual liberalism should be promoted in schools, prioritized in health care, and paid for by taxpayers. As a result, the government is spending $16 billion a year cleaning up the mess it helped make with the “if-it-feels-good-do-it” approach. With more than 20 million new cases of STDs cropping up every year, America’s biggest health crisis may be the one nobody’s talking about. A monster strain of gonorrhea is spreading, and experts say it might be worse than AIDS. That explosion, along with the spike in chlamydia infections, syphilis, HIV, Hepatitis, and herpes is panicking the medical community,...

Sex, Depression & Suicide (6/03)

Sexually active teens are more prone to be depressed/suicidal than teens who are chaste. Early sexual experimentation has been “a substantial factor in undermining the emotional well-being of American teenagers”. Data taken from a national survey of 6,500 teens aged 14-17 showed that teen-age girls who had sex were three times more likely to be depressed than girls who didn’t. Sexually active boys were twice as likely to be depressed than boys who practiced chastity. “When compared to teens who are not sexually active, teenage boys and girls who are sexually active are significantly more likely to attempt suicide.” [data from National Longitudinal Survey of Adolescent Health, Wave II, 1996. EF News & Notes, 13Jun03; www.heritage.org Robert Rector, Kirk Johnson and Lauren Noyes Heritage Fdn; Washington Times, 6/4/03; Family News & Focus, 6/3/03; Abstinence Clrnghse E-Mail Update 4Jun03 www.abstinence.net/library4; 25Jun03, EF...

Abstinence Programs Reduce Teen Pregnancy by 40% (4/04)

A study released 4/04 by the Heritage Foundation in Washington D.C. found that programs which promote abstinence reduce the rate of unwed teen pregnancies by at least 40% and are 12 times more likely to be virgins when they marry. These findings concur with those of nine other research projects on the effects of abstinence pledges on teenage sexual practices. The National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health found that abstinence pledges affected teens years later. Those who made an abstinence commitment were more likely to marry than to initiate out-of-wedlock sex. The Heritage Foundation study notes that the long-term effects of abstinence pledges are “substantial and almost impossible to erase” and that they work because they initiate an “identity movement” or “moral community” that provides peer support for teens. [LifeWay Press Release, 04/16/04; 21APR04, Abstinence Clearinghouse E-mail...

Abstinence Education is Effective in Delaying Onset of Teen Sexual Activity (APAM, 2/2010)

Women Really Want Abstinence-Based Empowerment, Not NOW and Casual Sex A group that thinks an ad celebrating Tim Tebow's life is bad news for women might be a little out of touch with what women really want. That helps explain why the National Organization for Women and other feminist groups have vehemently opposed abstinence education while failing to notice that a culture of casual sex hasn't been so liberating for women. Just ask the 29-year-old Briton living in America whose anonymous account appeared in her country's left-wing Guardian newspaper. "(M)y sexual liberation was perversely trapping me in destructive relationships, while intimacy had become something elusive, insubstantial, disappointing, surreal," she writes. Weary of a "burlesque comedy where we all pretended we were emotionless and cool," she decided to stop having sex because "I wanted sex to be, quite simply, special again." Similar world-weary statements have been recorded by researchers such as Dr. Miriam Grossman, author of "Unprotected," and Laura Sessions Stepp, author of "Unhooked: How Young Women Pursue Sex, Delay Love and Lose at Both." Only a third of young women say they truly wanted to have sex the first time they did, Stepp reports. Young women, she writes, "are trying to make sense of what is arguably the most confusing sexual landscape any generation has ever faced." Most sex education pushes young women into this jungle and tells them contraception will provide adequate protection. This puts incredible pressure on those who have the most at risk in the casual-sex scene. And it jeopardizes their dreams of long-term security and love. The vast majority of young women say marriage and...

Maximizing the Power of Any Character Education Practice: 4 Keys (2009)

Our work with schools has helped us identify "4 KEYS" to developing performance character (needed for best work) and moral character (needed for ethical behavior). We believe these 4 KEYS can increase the power of any educational practice: 1. A Community That Supports & Challenges: Building group norms that hold all members accountable for doing their best work and being their best ethical selves. 2. Self-Study: Assessing our strengths and areas for improvement, then setting goals and monitoring progress. 3. Other-Study: Studying positive and negative examples of other people and the products of their work and applying lessons learned to our own efforts. 4. Public Performance/Presentation: Sharing our goals, progress toward achieving them, and the products of our work with a wider audience (classmates, schoolmates, school staff, parents, or the community). The 4 KEYS can be used in any order. What matters most is the educator's strategic rationale for choosing a particular KEY or combination of KEYS. Students need to learn that QUALITY means rethinking, reworking, and polishing. [Winter 2009, Excellence & Ethics, Center for the 4th & 5th Rs, SUNY Cortland, ...

Scottish Homosexual Rights Activists Found Guilty of Pedophilia Sentenced to Life Imprisonment

An influential homosexual rights activist and youth group leader, and another homosexual activist, have been jailed for life for their involvement in the largest pedophile ring ever uncovered in Scotland. James Rennie, one time co-coordinator of the homosexual rights group LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) Youth Scotland and a former teacher, and Neil Strachan, the former secretary of a Celtic boys club and campaigner on homosexual issues, were convicted in May on charges including sex attacks on children, conspiring to abuse children, and possessing and distributing child pornography. Rennie and Strachan were the ringleaders of the pedophile network which was uncovered in 2007 after an intensive police investigation, codenamed Operation Algebra. The investigation led to the arrest of six other men besides Rennie and Strachan, and to the seizure of over 125,000 images and videos of child abuse. Rennie, 38, was convicted of 14 offenses, including molesting a young boy who was left occasionally under his care by friends over a period of more than four years, beginning when the child was three months old. Rennie was sentenced to life with a minimum of 13 years behind bars. Strachan, 41, was convicted for nine offenses, including attempting to sodomize an 18-month-old boy and sexually assaulting a six- year-old boy. He was sentenced to life with a minimum of 16 years in prison. The judge, Lord Bannatyne, said the pair were guilty of gross and appalling breaches of trust since both men had abused children entrusted to them for babysitting by close friends. They had both photographed the abuse. “These offences involve real children and many of the photographs involve...

Abstinence and Sexual Health

The Family Research Council supports healthy marriage and family formation education to youth in conjunction with abstinence until marriage education, where marriage between one man and woman is promoted as the expected context for sexual behaviors and as the best family structure for raising children. Risk avoidance or abstinence messaging serves as the best primary prevention approach for those who both have and have not been sexually active outside of marriage.  This public health approach promotes the optimal reproductive health, sexual health, and psycho-social and societal outcomes.  Abstinence education mutually reinforces the risk avoidance message given to youth regarding drugs, alcohol, tobacco, and violence. Based upon sound behavioral theory, abstinence-focused education provides the skills necessary to avoid sexual activity, build character, and develop healthy relationships. Well-developed abstinence-until-marriage curricula should be accurate, age-appropriate, and promote a positive view of sexuality in the appropriate context of marriage. Both health care providers and parents should reinforce the fact that abstinence before marriage and fidelity within marriage are the most effective method of preventing sexually transmitted diseases, out-of-wedlock pregnancies, and negative outcomes associated with premarital and extramarital sex. Equally important, such an approach prepares both men and women for the best sex within marriage. All of these papers can be found at http://www.frc.org/human-sexuality#abstinence     * Adolescent Health and Sexual Activity: Research Findings by Moira Gaul, M.P.H.         * Induced Abortion and Subsequent Preterm Birth by Moira Gaul, M.P.H.     * Why Wait: The Benefits of Abstinence Until Marriage by Bridget Maher, M.A. [Insight paper]     * Gardasil: What Every Parent Should Know About the HPV Vaccine by Moira Gaul, M.P.H. [brochure]    ...

A Generation at Risk: How Teens are Coerced & Manipulated Into Abortion (2000)

A Generation at Risk How Teens Are Coerced and Manipulated Into Abortion by Amy Sobie & David C. Reardon Gaylene was 14 when she became pregnant. Too embarrassed to go directly to her parents, she turned to her high school guidance counselor for advice. She writes:   [The school counselor] was sympathetic and understanding. He felt there was no need to worry my family. He also explained about having a child, how tough it would be on me and that I wouldn’t be able to do what I wanted to do. He said that the child would suffer because I was much too young to be a parent. He pointed out that the best thing for me to do was to abort the fetus at this stage so no one would be hurt. No mention was made of talking to my parents about this or carrying the baby to term. He indicated that adoption would be difficult and not an option for me.   . . . I felt as though I had no control over what was happening to me. I started to question what I was doing, but in my logic I’d refer back to what the counselor had told me, and then I would think he was right. But still today, I feel like I did not decide to have the abortion.1   Gaylene’s traumatic reaction to her abortion experience included suicide attempts, alcoholism, drugs, crime, involvement in a cult and a major break with her family.   Sadly, Gaylene’s story is not unique. For teens, the possibility of developing psychological and emotional problems after abortion...

Teens and Virginity Pledges: Comparing Studies (1/09)

A recent study by Rosenbaum in Pediatrics [1] concludes that the sexual behavior of virginity pledgers does not differ from that of closely matched nonpledgers, and pledgers are "less likely to protect themselves from pregnancy and disease before marriage." The media immediately pounced on the study results and concluded that abstinence education "does not work." All in spite of other reports that virginity pledges help delay sexual debut in adolescents.[2] The Rosenbaum article states that the study results show no significant differences in sexual behaviors or sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in pledgers and nonpledgers.[1] But general statements such as "virginity pledges are not effective" or "abstinence education programs do not work" are unwarranted conclusions from the results here. All the study results really show are that in a particular group of adolescents with religious, conservative attitudes and beliefs there were no significant differences amongst them in sexual behaviors and STDs; and pledges do not seem to have any added effect to the pre-existing beliefs and attitudes of that particular group. Here are some points about the study that need to be considered carefully before drawing over-arching conclusions: – According to the author, there were baseline differences between the pledgers and all nonpledgers, hence it was necessary to match pledgers with similar non pledgers. The pledgers were more religious, less sexually experienced, expected more negative and fewer positive effects of sex and birth control use, and had lower knowledge of birth control than non pledgers. Due to these baseline differences, the Rosenbaum study looked at only a sub-group of adolescents. – The author matched pledgers and nonpledgers so there would...

Study Shows Parental Involvement Laws on Abortion Reduce Risky Sex (2006)

A new study conducted by two university professors finds that laws requiring abortion facilities to involve parents before a minor girl can have an abortion reduce risky sexual behavior among teenagers. The study shows added benefits for parental consent and notification laws on abortion.  Florida State University law professor Jonathan Klick and Thomas Stratmann, professor of economics at George Mason University, conducted the study, which will be published in an upcoming edition of The Journal of Law Economics and Organization.   The pair examined the rates of gonorrhea among teenage girls as a result of risky sexual behavior and referenced those rates in association with parental involvement laws in effect at the time.   In states where the abortion laws were in effect, teen gonorrhea rates dropped by an average of 20 percent among Hispanic girls and 12 percent among white girls. The results were not statistically significant for black girls so no conclusion could be drawn.   Klick said the having to tell their parents about their potential abortion and sexual activities is enough of an incentive for minor girls that they lower their frequency of engaging in risky sexual activities.   "Incentives matter," Klick said. "They matter even in activities as primal as sex, and they matter even among teenagers, who are conventionally thought to be short-sighted."   "If the expected costs of risky sex are raised, teens will substitute less risky activities such as protected sex or abstinence," Klick said.   "This suggests that Hispanic and white teenage girls are forward looking in their sex decisions, and they systematically view informing their parents and obtaining parental...

CDC: Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance 2007

MMWR, Surveillance Summaries June 6, 2008 / 57(SS04);1-131 http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/ss5704a1.htm?s_cid=ss5704a1_e    Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance — United States, 2007 Trends During 1991–2007 Tobacco Use The percentage of students who reported lifetime cigarette use did not change significantly during 1991–1999 (70.1%–70.4%) and then decreased during 1999–2007 (70.4%–50.3%). During 2001–2007, significant linear decreases occurred in the percentage of students who reported lifetime daily cigarette use (20.0%–12.4%), who reported trying to quit smoking cigarettes (57.4%–49.7%), and who reported buying cigarettes in a store or gas station (19.0%–16.0%). The percentage of students who reported trying to quit smoking cigarettes also decreased from 2005–2007 (54.6%–49.7%). The percentage of students who reported current cigarette use increased during 1991–1997 (27.5%–36.4%) and then decreased during 1997–2007 (36.4%–20.0%), and the percentage of students who reported current frequent cigarette use increased during 1991–1999 (12.7%–16.8%) and then decreased during 1999–2007 (16.8%–8.1%). During 1991–2007, a significant linear decrease occurred in the percentage of students who reported smoking more than 10 cigarettes per day (18.0%–10.7%). The percentage of students who reported current smokeless tobacco use decreased during 1995–2003 (11.4%–6.7%) and then did not change significantly during 2003–2007 (6.7%–7.9%). The percentage of students who reported current cigar use decreased during 1997–2005 (22.0%–14.0%) and then did not change significantly during 2005–2007 (14.0%–13.6%). During 1997–2007, a significant linear decrease occurred in the percentage of students who reported current tobacco use (43.4%–25.7%). Alcohol and Other Drug Use During 1991–2007, a significant linear decrease occurred in the percentage of students who reported lifetime alcohol use (81.6%–75.0%). The percentage of students who reported current alcohol use did not change significantly during 1991–1999 (50.8%–50.0%) and then decreased during 1999–2007 (50.0%–44.7%), and...

Two Studies: Sexual Integrity Programs Help Reduce Teen Pregnancy (2008)

While there is much debate over the efficacy of abstinence-until-marriage programs, the evidence in favor of these programs continues to mount. “While these findings show valuable evidence that abstinence-until-marriage programs work, the best evidence is found in hearing the success stories from the kids living the life of sexual integrity everyday,” says Leslee Unruh, President and Founder of the National Abstinence Clearinghouse, the world’s largest abstinence organization. “Abstinence-until-marriage allows youth the freedom to pursue their dreams and goals without the fear of an unplanned pregnancy, the danger of a sexually transmitted disease or the pain of a broken heart; and it allows them time to find true intimacy, not false intimacy,” she said. Today, researchers at the National Press Club presented two new studies that highlight encouraging findings on abstinence education. The first study, conducted by Dr. Stan Weed of the Institute of Research and Evaluation, assessed the effectiveness of abstinence education in reducing the sexual activity of students in Virginia middle schools. According to Dr. Stan Weed, the evaluation shows that abstinence education programs cut the rate of sexual activity among students roughly in half. The second paper, by Christine Kim and Robert Rector of The Heritage Foundation, presented a comprehensive review of 21 prior studies of the effectiveness of abstinence and virginity pledge programs. According to Christine Kim, 16 out of 21 studies of abstinence education found youth who received abstinence education had lower rates of sexual activity when compared to youth who did not receive abstinence training. Most parents are shocked to learn that opponents of abstinence education who promote condoms and contraceptives to youth out-funding...

The Science of Sex (2006)

"I'm a 23-year-old virgin saving sex for marriage. What did I miss by not being sexually active in college? STDs, unplanned pregnancy, heartache, and a lot of baggage that would follow me the rest of my life. "I can live without that. "When I meet the man I'm going to marry and walk down the aisle towards him  I'm not going to think, 'I wish I had slept around more, had more boyfriends, experimented more, etc.' "I also won't have to be thinking, 'I wish I hadn't slept around. I wish I had saved myself for my husband. I hope I don't give him my STDs. What if he finds out that I got pregnant and had an abortion?  Why did I have to do so many stupid things? What if my husband ever finds out?' "No Way! I'm saving myself for my future husband. And I don't regret a minute of it."  — College Graduate Sex is a powerful force of nature. It bonds people together, is pleasurable, and can create babies. So how does premarital sex damage relationships? The answer lies within the powerful oxytocin hormone released in the body during sexual activity. For example, picture duct taping a girl's arm to a guy's arm. Now, rip off the tape (OUCH!) and use the same piece of duct tape to wrap her arm to a new guy's arm. What happens?   Well, it hurts like crazy when you rip off the tape the first time. After switching partners several times, particles of skin and hair left on the tape reduce the adhesiveness so it cannot attach as...