In these abstinence-only programs, students are often made to sign a “virginity pledge,” which is exactly what it sounds like. Recent celebrity influence have brought purity rings into the spotlight, with everyone from teen pop sensation the Jonas Brothers, to athletic icon Tim Tebow sporting the bands. “True Love Waits,” Bible verses, and even rings for married parents to wear to remind their children of their abstinence expectations are sold through companies such as Silver Ring Thing. Between former President Bush and then-Pennsylvania governor Rick Santorum providing federal grants to abstinence-promoting organizations, it would make sense that rates of pre-marital sex and STD transmission would decrease.
Instead, a Columbia University study found 88 percent of virginity pledges had sex before marriage, and were less likely to use contraception and seek STD testing when they did have sex. These students may not have contracted Chlamydia and died, but one in four sexually active teens across the country contracts an STI each year; twenty percent of new HIV infections in 2009 were 13 to 24-year-olds; and half of teen mothers never receive a high school diploma. These numbers don’t speak to the need of sexual education – they SCREAM for it.
it bothers me that Kansas and Arkansas are not pronounced the same
I’m from the UK and I have been pronouncing Arkansas as Ar-Kansas my whole life
For all my non-american friends, Arkansas is pronounced ark-an-saw
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