Today we are living in a culture in which being sexually active and experimenting with sexual preferences at a young age are encouraged. While Valentine’s Day is only few days away, hundreds of schools across the United States and in over 30 countries have signed up to participate in the Day of Purity on February 14.
The Day of Purity is a chance for youths to make a public demonstration of their commitment to remain sexually pure, in mind and actions, according Liberty Counsel, organizer of the event. Students are encouraged to wear white on Valentine’s Day, to symbolize their support for event.
Research shows that sexually active teens are more likely to suffer with severe depression. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP) report that antidepressants are the most frequently prescribed drug in America.
CDCP also reported that there are 19 million new cases of sexually transmitted diseases every year, and over half of those occur in people between 15 and 24 years old.According to Day of Purity, each day in America around 8,000 teens will be infected with STD.
Among those who have already lost their virginity, two‐thirds wish they had waited longer to have sex (77% of girls and 60% of guys).
Moreover, the United States has the highest teenage pregnancy rate of all developed countries, with over 1 million teen pregnancies each year, which is a 430% increase from 1960. As a result of those pregnancies, 20 percent of the 1.3 to 1.5 million abortions in America each year are performed on teenagers.
“While progressives seek to distort the differences between men and women, publicly fund contraceptives and abortions, and elevate personal rights over marital responsibilities, Liberty Counsel and thousands of like-minded people from around the world will recognize February 14, the Day of Purity, as a time to return to God’s plan for intimacy and oneness,” said Amber Haskew, Director of the Day of Purity.
For more information, please visit DayOfPurity.org. The website offers a free planning guide, along with links to other valuable resources.