National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month Kickoff

Welcome to the kickoff of my blog post series in support of National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month.

The series is titled:

“Teens Tell All: Top 20 Reasons Why Teens DO and DON’T Have Sex”

Check out the video below to learn more about the series.

 

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Protecting Your Child from Sexual Assault

saam_logo-generalenglish_2On May 1st, I will begin my blog series “Teens Tell All: Top 20 Reasons why Teens DO and DON’T Have Sex,” in support of Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month.

However, I decided to address one of those reasons this week since April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. 

Since beginning this work, I have been blown away by the large number of girls who reveal in their anonymous letters that they have been raped or molested.

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TRUTH that Sets them Free!

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Every word that came out of your mouth was the truth
The truth shall set me free now thanks to you.
~High School Student

 

Truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth—that’s what teenagers want, but find so hard to get from adults.

If you don’t believe me, check out the following excerpts from two students’ letters:

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Investment is Better than Sacrifice

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I am always in search of analogies, quotes or stories to use in the classroom to help students understand the benefits of abstaining from sexual activity. I would much rather spend my time focusing on the benefits of abstaining from sex than the consequences of having sex, which seems to resonate more with the students.

When I read the following quote, I knew immediately that it would fit perfectly with my message:

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Begin with the END in mind!

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I had an interesting conversation in class today with a 17-year-old young man who was very open about the fact that he used marijuana and had sex.

During the class, I asked him if he would want his future child to use marijuana or have sex when he or she is a teenager. He said, “NO, my son is only going to have three things in his life: God, sports and school! He’s not going to do drugs or have sex.”

I asked him why he would want more for his child than he wanted for himself. He said, “I don’t want my child to make the same mistakes that I have made.” I hear that statement from teenagers ALL the time, by the way.

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Kill the spider!

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I heard a message from a minister years ago that stuck with me because the truth of it resonated within.  His sermon topic was entitled, “Kill the Spider.” 

It was a simple message with a core principle that could apply in almost every situation.  He shared that when we clean our homes, we sometimes run across and subsequently have to remove spider webs.  We remove them one day, but they are back the next.  We get frustrated because even though we work hard to remove them, they continue to return. 

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Hope for a Generation!

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When I started my blog, I said you should prepare to be shocked, amazed, burdened, heart broken yet encouraged. Today is a day to be encouraged!

The letter below brought a smile to my face and definitely gave me hope for this generation.

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An Angel with a crooked halo

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If you read my very first blog post, you may recall me stating that this blog is my attempt to sound the alarm and let adults know how much this generation of youth NEEDS us!

The letter below should provide proof of that need:

 

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A Day in the Life of a Sex Ed Teacher!

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Every time I think I’ve heard it all and there is nothing any student could say that would shock me, I am proven wrong.  A student will say something that will bring me to my knees, as I ask God to help this generation of youth. I recently had one of those experiences when a young man shared the following with me after a class:

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Birth Control is NOT Disease Control!

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I received this email message from a high school health teacher today:

Jackie,
I have a student who is at a loss for words.  She recently had sex for the first time and has now been diagnosed with herpes.   She is a mess and is seeking guidance from me.  I am unsure what to tell her.  I did encourage her to get a second test taken just by the off chance the first one was a false positive.  Any input you could provide would be appreciated!

I have offered to speak to the young lady when I return to her high school in two weeks; but I am not exactly sure what I will tell her.

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