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'Inside Edition' Host Megan Alexander Abstained from Sex Until Marriage Due to Her Christian Faith

( [email protected] ) May 12, 2014 06:32 PM EDT
CBS host Megan Alexander wants girls to know that it's okay to wait until marriage in a culture of casual sex. She says her faith in God gave her the strength to abstain from sex until her wedding night.
Megan Alexander waited until marriage to have sex due to her Christian beliefs and wants to inspire young girls to stay strong in a culture where sex is treated casually. (Photo: MeganAlexander.com)

As a popular media figure, CBS host Megan Alexander is no stranger to the fact that sex sells in today's culture. However, this reality makes her all the more vocal about her decision to save herself for marriage.

The "Inside Edition" correspondent revealed to FOX411 that her Christian faith and her belief in the sacredness of marriage led to her abstaining from having sex before marriage.

"Sex is everywhere, it sells," Alexander stated. "It's on magazine covers, it's in television shows, it's in movies and I think it's pretty unusual when someone speaks out about waiting for marriage in the entertainment industry."

Now married, Alexander says her husband respected her wishes to remain a virgin until marriage.

"Because we were friends before and [my husband] knew what I stood for, what I was all about, what I believed in and I did of him," said Alexander. "I knew that he was a Christian, I knew that he found his faith later in life, but I knew that that was also important to him."

The Seattle native reveals that her purpose in talking about abstinence is to help other young girls who are constantly exposed to sex through the media.

"I decided to speak out, because I feel like young people today, specifically teenagers and millennials in their 20s and 30s, there's so much pressure to just get involved [physically] and to think that that's normal," she said. "I wanted people to know, hey there's another option. This is the option that I chose and it can work for you too."

Alexander says she is hesitant to "tell girls what to do," rather, she wants to provide an alternative view of sex than what is commonly portrayed by Hollywood.

"I certainly wish it was a little better represented in television and movies and they gave us a couple different scenarios instead of just the one of jump into bed immediately," she said. "I want to encourage the next generation to take their time, to value their bodies and to realize that it's okay to wait if you want to. And for me, it worked out great and I believe that other people need to hear that message and know that it's just fine to take their time."

Alexander admits that while abstaining from sex isn't easy, her relationship with Christ and supportive friends and family encourage her to stay strong.

"I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior in about 7th grade and made that decision myself and that's been the best thing I've ever did...I think family is important, family support, good friends are important, obviously my faith, I believe it's God's best design for us," she explained of her decision. "And I had goals and dreams and stayed busy. I tell people I was too busy in my teens and in my twenties chasing my career to get in trouble with boys."