Sex Education & Abstinence
Lifeline Family Center has invested in training staff to be certified teachers of Relationships Under Construction (RUC), educating and equipping teens with knowledge and awareness to make healthier choices.
RUC educates with the facts. In 2015, there were 110 million Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and 20million newly contracted infections. Almost 50% were in teens and young adults under 25 years old. All STDs are preceded by STIs.
Public sex education programs inform teens on using condoms. Organizations, like Planned Parenthood, give away condoms for free and anyone can purchase condoms and Plan B over the counter. Even major media outlets advertise condoms and birth control. YouTube is the second largest search engine in the world, and the Millennial Generations X,Y and Z, (ages 15-49) spend more and more time on the internet and on social media based platforms; information about sex and how to do it is available and accessible.
The rate of STIs continues to rise risking the health and financial freedom of our youth and their futures.
What youth rarely find is the information, encouragement, and support to choose to abstain from sexual activity. Abstinence is not for sale on the department store shelves.
Let’s face it: Sex is a part of human nature and a part of life. But making choices is human nature and a part of life, too. Humans are intellectual beings with ability to understand and process risk, and make responsible, informed choices.
The RUC sex education program offers five-45 minute sessions for teenagers in grades 6-12.
RUC approaches sex education using statistics, exercises, and discussion. In an era where STIs and STDs that may or MAY NOT be curable are at epidemic proportions, (especially in youth), where relational and sexual abuse is prevalent, where bullying, dating violence, and date rape drugs are widespread, it is important to communicate the safest means to protect one’s mind, body, soul, and spirit.
RUC shares a “Miss the mess” message encouraging abstinence and waiting until marriage to engage in sexual activity. Abstinence is the only risk free choice. Youth learn they can make this choice because it is the smartest choice to protecting their health, their emotional wellbeing, and their future.
The United States Center for Disease Control’s 2015 Study on Teen Pregnancy and 2015 STD Report revealed the following:
- In 2015, a total of 229,715 babies were born to women aged 15–19 years, for a birthrate of 22.3 per 1,000 women in this age group.
- Pregnancy and birth are significant contributors to high school dropout rates among girls. Only about 50% of teen mothers receive a high school diploma by 22 years of age, versus approximately 90% of women who do not give birth during adolescence graduate from high school.
- The children of teenage mothers are more likely to have lower school achievement and to dropout of high school, have more health problems, be incarcerated at some time during adolescence, give birth as a teenager, and face unemployment as a young adult.
Sex can wait. An individual can thrive equipped with knowledge, self-control, and self-respect.
1The United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC Fact Sheet: Reported STDs in the United States: 2015 National Data for Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, & Syphilis. Accessed July 7, 2017.
2The United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention: Sexually Transmitted Diseases Surveillance STDs 2015. Accessed July 7, 2017
The United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC Fact Sheet: Incidence, Prevalence, and Cost of Sexually Transmitted Infections in the United States. Accessed July 7, 2017.
3The STD Project, STD vs. STI – What’s the Difference? Accessed July 7, 2017
4The United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Teen Pregnancy in the United States. Accessed July 7, 2017.