Heritage Community Services
Rev. Randy Riddle
Dr. Roger Rollins
Darlington School District
Dr. Vera Bailey
Hilton Head Preg. Care Center
Colleton Fire and Rescue
Dr. Vonda Calcutt
Lowcountry Ctr. Diabetes
Sen. Chip Campsen
Rev. Chuck Coward
Ret.Capt. Charleston City Police
Dr. Randy Goings
Lowcountry Pregnancy Center & SC Association Pregnancy Care Centers
Upward Bound at Cof C
Norman L. Moore, Jr.
Comm. for Higher Education
Carolina Pregnancy Center
Marriage Savers of Upstate
Jerry & Barbara Seymour
R& R Marriage Min.
Dr. A. V. Strong
A Better Way, Inc. (Gang Out)
Dr. Robert Thomas
Pastor Phil Thrailkill
St. Luke UMC Hartsville
Upstate Fatherhood Coalition
April 15, 2011
SC Healthy Family Formation Coalition E-News!
Do we really want to increase test scores and graduation rates? Then we need to stop fooling around teaching our teens how to enjoy so-called Safe Sex. Not only does Safe Sex spread diseases such as HPV and Genital Herpes, (even with condoms) any sexual activity can have a direct impact on academic achievement.
According to the following research, it is the sexual activity alone that seems to disrupt the lives of our youth.
Research from The Heritage Foundation entitled Teenage Sexual Abstinence and Academic Achievement (2005) reports that abstinence is a significant and independent predictor of academic success. The study, which did not include pregnant or parenting teens, shows that even sexually active teens using contraception do not fare as well academically as those that abstained.
Teens that abstain from all sexual activity have less emotional turmoil (DRAMA), fewer psychological distractions and are better able to focus on schoolwork. They also have common underlying personality and character traits such as impulse control, perseverance, resistance to peer pressure, respect for authority, and goals for the future.
This explains why abstinent teens are sixty-percent less likely to be expelled from school or to drop out of school. Plus, they are almost twice as likely to attend or graduate from college.
Clearly, the same life-skills required to successfully practice abstinence are needed to excel academically. Abstaining from all risky behaviors should be the primary message our children receive from their parents and teachers.
Teaching teens the benefits of abstaining from sexual activity is not only a positive health message - similar to avoiding tobacco, alcohol, drugs, and violence – it sets a high standard for everyone. Almost ninety-percent of teens agree that they should be taught to abstain from sex until they have at least finished high school!
The truth is - everyone is not ‘doing it’, the ‘horse is not out of the barn’, the ‘genie is not out of the bottle’, and our teens deserve better than stereotypical labels and clichés.
Data from the National Survey of Family Growth (2010, 2011) indicates that since 1996, more than 70% of 15-17 year old boys and girls have NEVER had sex. Even the 18-19 year old emancipated college-age teens are rethinking the “Friends with Benefits” Hook-Up Culture and abstaining at increased rates.
So, stop fooling around! Learn how to talk to your kids about abstinence. They are ready to listen.
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The South Carolina Healthy Family Formation Coalition (SC HFF Coalition) is organized and staffed by Heritage Community Services. The SC HFF Coalition promotes child and family well-being by providing opportunities for statewide communication about such issues as: adolescent pregnancy, unwed childbearing, fatherlessness, sexual exploitation of our youth, dating violence and domestic violence, child abuse and neglect, gang activity and youth violence.
Coalition members support healthy family formation initiatives that integrate character-based life skills, teen pregnancy prevention with an emphasis on abstinence-centered education, and the importance of fidelity-within-marriage.
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Contact Mary McLellan , Statewide Chairman