This is For TEENS: You are free to make positive choices for a thriving future
LEARN HOW YOU CAN MAKE A CHOICE TODAY…
Top 5 Questions Asked By Teens
AnswerYes, it’s hard! Resisting sex is difficult, but you can ease some of the pressure by making choices about the kind of people you hang out with and the type of situations you place yourself in. It’s putting off what you want now so that it can be better later; it’s thinking beyond the present.
AnswerActually, many people respect my decision to wait, and while they may not agree with it, they appreciate my commitment. If friends pressure me, I tell them the reasons why I am choosing to postpone sex (primarily: to be in control of my future), and try to express that we can vary in opinions and still be friends.
AnswerWhen you decide to wait, don’t be afraid to take a stand about your decision. Talk about your goals and what seems right for you with the person you are dating. If they don’t agree, maybe you need to find someone whose beliefs are closer to your own. Also, avoid situations where sexual feelings become strong.
AnswerIt’s never too late to make healthy choices. You are worth it! Deciding to start over is the hardest part, but here are some tips to help you stick to it: Value yourself and your decision. Avoid compromising situations. Communicate your standards to your friends. Find non-physical ways to show you care.
AnswerMost teens (*65% of girls and 57% of boys) who have had sex say they wish they had waited. Even if sexual activity doesn’t result in an STD or pregnancy, there are emotional, social, intellectual, and ethical consequences that can really affect your life. Making the decision to postpone sexual activity until marriage is the healthiest choice to avoid risk.
*Albert B., The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. “With One Voice 2010: America’s Adults and Teens Sound Off About Teen Pregnancy.” A Periodic National Survey. December 2010.
1 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Sexual Behavior, Sexual Attraction, and Sexual Identity in the United States: Data From the 2006-2008 National Survey of Family Growth.” National Health Statistics Reports. March 3, 2011.
2 Albert, B., The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. “With One Voice 2010: America’s Adults and Teens Sound Off About Teen Pregnancy.” A Periodic National Survey. December 2010.