The Day of Purity is Needed More Than Ever Amidst the Increase of STDs and Pedophiles Being Slapped on the Wrist

Jan 30, 2006

Earlier this month a Vermont judge handed down a 60 day sentence to a man who repeatedly raped a little girl over a four year period. His change of sentence came only after intense public outcry. With increasing frequency we read about child victims of sexual abuse. Just days ago, California officials charged a 26 year old teacher with having sex with a 17 year old student. In September 2005, the National Center for Health reported that slightly more than 50% of 15-19 year olds had engaged in oral sex. The percentage rose to 70% for 18-19 year olds. One explanation for these shocking statistics is that we, as a nation, don’t convey the message to our youth that we value sexual purity.

The Day of Purity is designed to encourage youth to remain sexually pure and resist the popular message that they should have sex early, often, and with many. The alternative should frighten everyone. For example, one teen every 8 seconds is infected with a sexually transmitted disease. One HIV-support advocacy organization reports that in 2005 there were 2.3 million people under the age of 15 with HIV. Between 1994 and 1998, the rate of HIV among teen girls rose over 117%. In 2000, of the 9th through 12th graders who have ever had intercourse, 1 in 8.5 became pregnant.

One important aspect of the Day of Purity message is letting youth and young adults know about the consequences of pornography: it is addictive and harmful. Given the devastating consequences of choosing sex outside a monogamous marital relationship, everyone should wholeheartedly support youth who are willing to make the commitment to sexual purity. The Day of Purity offers youth the opportunity to make that commitment. Each year, more students and organizations around the world have joined in the effort to spread the potentially life-saving message of sexual purity. At this point, more than 600 organizations and people from 9 foreign countries have expressed their support for the Day of Purity.

The Day of Purity web site, DayOfPurity.org, allows anyone to download a planning manual along with informative flyers on a variety of topics, order a Day of Purity T-shirt, review startling statistics concerning the effect of early sexual activity, and link to other valuable resources. On the Day of Purity, youth are encouraged to hand out flyers and wear clothing expressing the abstinence message. Call 1-800-671-1776 if you would like more information.

Mathew Staver, President and General Counsel of Liberty Counsel, said: “We are encouraged by the widespread support for the Day of Purity. The Day of Purity is being supported by 631 organizations, 111 schools and has spread to 9 foreign countries. The great news is that parental support makes a difference. A 2001 national survey reveals that 37% of teens listen to their parents in deciding whether to have sex. Just think about the message it conveys if we, as parents, grandparents, teachers, and leaders, don’t support our youth in their desire to wait for sex until marriage. ”

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