by Steven Ertelt
February 11, 2008
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Students in America and around the world will celebrate Valentines Day by helping educate their peers on the value of sexual purity as a positive choice. The pro-life youth will distribute fliers and wear t-shirts and wrist-bands this week as they lead up to the Fifth Annual Day of Purity.
The Day of Purity celebrates purity in relationships by focusing on Valentines Day, a day where many students feel pressured into unwanted sexual activity that could ultimately result in an abortion or sexually transmitted disease.
Rena Lindevaldsen, the coordinator of the Day of Purity, tells LifeNews.com that students who embrace the abstinence lifestyle are countering the Hollywood culture with its risqué television shows, vulgar jokes, tasteless commercials and graphic movies.
They are also counteracting the pressure from peers and society that they face on a daily basis.
The consequences of sexual promiscuity among youth are devastating, she tells LifeNews.com.
More than 3 million American teens are infected each year with sexually transmitted diseases. The United States has the highest teen pregnancy rate of developed countries, and teens account for 20 percent of the 1.3 million abortions performed each year in this nation, Lindevaldesen explained.
She said the number of teen pregnancies has risen 430 percent since the 1960s and that the high numbers are because adults are not doing enough to encourage youth to engage in a pure lifestyle.
However, Lindevaldsen said youth are working on their own to change the culture around them.
Students are sending a message to their friends, parents, churches, communities, legislators, and the media that its time for a positive change in the culture, she said.
The Day of Purity is also a day for teenagers and young adults who have engaged in sexual relations to engage in secondary virginity by making a new pledge to wait until marriage to have sex again.
Youth who have already engaged in sexual activity can make a fresh start on the Day of Purity.
Related web sites:
Day of Purity – https://www.dayofpurity.org