Dangers dating too early
This article was revised for the Abstinence Education T/TA Web site, see pdf version here. He is on the Advisory Board of the Catholic Education Resource Center.
There's a certain romantic mystery about it -- what will this new person be like?
We can point to the Harvard study showing the benefits to college women who adopted a strict sexual code after having been sexually permissive.
We can point to Lucian Shulte, the student featured in Newsweek who had sex with a girl in high school, then resolved to abstain and is still living that lifestyle in college.
Here are ten rewards of waiting Many teens who have already been sexually involved make the mistake of thinking, "It's too late for me to change even if I wanted to." But the truth is that all of us, no matter what our age, have the freedom at any point in our lives to make different choices.
Teens need real-life stories of young people who were sexually involved once but have made a fresh start.
I felt he was no longer interested in spending time with me — he was interested in spending time with my body. And that's a problem, because the destructive psychological consequences of temporary sexual relationships are very real.
Consistent condom use reduces by only 50% the risk for chlamydia — the cause of virtually all cervical cancer in women — a significant risk remains.
Some last a long time, even into marriage and parenting.