May is Teen Pregnancy Awareness Month: What Can Each of Us Do?

According to the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, nearly 3 in 10 girls will become pregnant before the age of 20. In 2012, 305,388 teens (ages 15-19) gave birth. About 18% of women obtaining abortions are teenagers (i.e. about 200,000) [http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/fb_induced_abortion.html]. Due to these high numbers, many people are rightly concerned about the need for education and resources for these young women. How do we prevent teen pregnancy from happening in the first place? How do we teach teens to be responsible in their relationships so that they may make healthy decisions (for their bodies and their hearts)? How do we provide resources that will support a teen in her decision to choose life for her child? May is Teen Pregnancy Awareness Month. In May, students are encouraged to get involved in efforts to educate their peers. We encourage you to focus on abstinence education and to teach your peers the importance of mutual respect in relationships. Here are a few ideas you can do to raise awareness in your community – even beyond May: Talk to your younger family members about their relationships. Remember: This doesn’t have to be an awkward conversation! They may prefer having this conversation with you than with another adult. Start by asking, “How are you and ____ doing?” and let the conversation flow from there. Encourage them to commit to respecting themselves and their girlfriend/boyfriend. Support them in their good decisions. Offer loving advice for those who may be involved in unhealthy decisions. *Last but not least, be a good role model for your younger siblings and cousins. Educate your...

Fromm… risk elimination

"To love somebody is not just a strong feeling – it is a decision, it is a judgment, it is a promise. If love were only a feeling, there would be no basis for the promise to love each other forever." — Eric Fromm RISK ELIMINATION = SEXUAL ABSTINENCE SEXUAL ABSTINENCE = RISK ELIMINATION THAT'S REALITY… Stay SMART – Don't Start Use Your Brain — ABSTAIN You're WORTH the WAIT Rushing IT Can RUIN IT Get Some 'NO'-How It is imperative to get the word to teens that chemical contraceptives… DO NOT STOP STDs!! "Sex won't go away, so don't rush to get...

Dec – Nov 2008: Abstinence

India Reports Rising Numbers of Teen Sex Addicts First Kiss At the Altar Abstinence Grantees Research Update Congress Renews Federal Funding for Abstinence Education Boys & Girls Learn Differently: The Science of Gender and Learning   Portrayal of Risky Sexual Behaviors on TV Inspires Imitation Says Study Dressing to Sexually Arouse Men — or Not…       SEXUAL ADDICTION/PORNOGRAPHY : INDIA REPORTS RISING NUMBER OF TEEN SEX ADDICTS Hyper-sexuality, or sex addiction, is now striking Indian students at 13 or 14 years of age—not in the previously common twenties or thirties—according to two psychiatrists who specialize in the disorder. In fact, half their patients are teenagers, and the doctors think they know why: "Children are now being brought up on a heavy dose of adult material through audio-visual and print media. They are growing up faster and seeking adult pleasures without realizing that they don't have the maturity to deal with it. As a result, they are getting addicted to them," said Siladitya Ray, consultant psychiatrist at Ruby General Hospital. This disturbing report details case histories of young people who have become obsessed with pornography and masturbation but do not consider it to be a problem. (Source: “Kids Falling Prey to Sex Addiction,” The Times of India, 11-25-08, http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Kolkata_/Kids_falling_prey_to_sex_addiction/articleshow/3753279.cms; 25November2008, abstinence.net) FIRST KISS AT THE ALTAR They teach abstinence in Chicago public schools, so when Claudaniel Fabien and Melody LaLuz fell in love and decided to get married, they knew they had to apply all the good advice they’ve been giving their students to themselves. They don’t stay alone in the house together; they remain vertical while cuddling on...

August 2006: Abstinence / Teen Health

D.C. Bi-Partisan Briefing on Abstinence Education Focuses on Teen Health Medical Doctors See Abstinence Educators as Partners in Prevention BI-PARTISAN BRIEFING ON ABSTINENCE EDUCATION IN DC FOCUSES ON TEEN HEALTH. Congressman Danny Davis (D-IL) and Congressman Lee Terry (R-NE) co-sponsored a bipartisan briefing on the benefits of abstinence education on Capitol Hill 25July06 to discuss the issue of abstinence from a health perspective. Event speakers included Gladys Desselle, RN from Providence Hospital in D.C., Julie Laipply, brain-based learning and curricula development expert and Rashida Jolley, former Miss DC and member of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS. This was the first co-sponsored bipartisan briefing on the abstinence issue on Capitol Hill.  “We are proud that Congressman Davis from Project Reality’s home state of Illinois supports abstinence as the only 100% effective way for teens to protect themselves physically and emotionally from the risks of pre-marital sex,” stated Libby Macke, director of Project Reality. In Congressman Davis’ district alone, approximately 5,300 students from 28 schools and agencies are served annually with Project Reality’s abstinence education programs, Game Plan and Navigator, funded by the Illinois Department of Human Services. The Congressman has met with and commended Project Reality spokesperson, 16-year-old Taylor Moore, for the work she does with Project Reality on the abstinence issue. “It is clear from the positive response to this briefing that both sides of the aisle can agree that abstinence is the safest and healthiest lifestyle for teens,” stated Macke. [Press Release, Project Reality, 07-20-06, http://www.projectreality.org/news/index.php?newsid=44; Abstinence Clearinghouse E-Mail Update, July 26, 2006]   MEDICAL DOCTORS SEE HEALTHY RESPECT AS PARTNERS IN PREVENTION. Abstinence programs such as...