What To Teach…About Abstinence

(Sometimes it helps to have a Basic Sample Outline of some important topics…)   This information helps preteens & teens… (a) cope with social and peer pressures through the development of "refusal skills"; (b) understand and internalize the emotional, social, and physical health benefits of sexual abstinence until marriage (i.e. we want our preteens and teens to gain knowledge; but much more importantly, to experience changes in attitude and behavior, and for those who are already abstinent, to strengthen their determination to remain abstinent.) The PRIORITIES listed in each section refer to the 8 federal requirements of the Abstinence Education Block Grant, which is part of the Welfare Reform Act of 1996, which requires that our children should be taught to abstain from sexual activity until marriage:    A.  the social, psychological, and health gains to be realized   by abstaining from sexual activity;     B. that abstinence from sexual activity outside of marriage is the expected standard for all school-age children;     C. that abstinence from sexual activity is the only certain way to avoid out-of-wedlock pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, and other associated health problems;     D. that a mutually faithful monogamous relationship in the context of marriage is the expected standard of human sexual activity;     E. that sexual activity outside the context of marriage is likely to have harmful psychological and physical effects;     F. that bearing children out-of-wedlock is likely to have harmful consequences for the child, the child's parents, and society;     G. how to reject sexual advances and how alcohol and drug use increases vulnerability to sexual advances; and     H. the importance of attaining self-sufficiency before engaging...