Las Vegas Police message to young girls: Have premarital sex and risk death or become a prostitute
h/t SCCL Facebook group for this story, where there is some gnashing of teeth, incredulity, and chortling at this story ((Link): in this thread).
As someone who thinks the Bible teaches one should remain a virgin until marriage, I do think this story is a little strange.
At first glance, some of this group’s claims sound a wee bit far fetched, but the majority of Christian testimonies I’ve seen on TV sound similar to what the story is saying: some girl says she started having pre-marital sex while a teen and ended up getting into prostitution later, or stripping at clubs, or appearing in pornography.
I’ve seen C.D.C. reports that sexually transmitted infections are on the rise, so for some people, extra-marital sex does have consequences.
So I don’t think it’s entirely “out there” to suggest that women can and do end up as hookers or in porn, if they start out having consensual pre-marital sex.
Some women go that route because they were neglected as kids – that is one common theme these women mention who give these sex testimonies.
The typical testimony is that Mom and Dad divorced, or Dad was there but was constantly critical or ignored the daughter, so the young lady looked to other men for confirmation beginning in her teens or possibly 20s, and they used sex to get that attention.
I also note that apparently, male virginity and male purity were not discussed in these stories, the implication being that these are things only that females need to be concerned about.
I’m not sure if the proposed “Choose Courage” thing planned for males mentioned below is about sexual purity, or what. The article seems to suggest that it is, but I’m not sure.
- By Bethany Barnes (contact) Bethany Barnes
Sunday, May 4, 2014 | 2 a.m.
Girls who “get promiscuous” can wind up dead.
That was the message behind the Metro Police co-sponsored “Choose Purity” event Saturday at the William Pearson Center in North Las Vegas.
“Choose Purity” aimed to show young girls what can happen when they don’t wait until marriage to have sex, according to Officer Regina Coward, president of the Nevada Black Police Association, who said she’d been asked by her church, Victory Outreach Church, to create a community event to go along with its abstinence message.
So what does Coward say happens? Typically four things: sexual assault, gangs, drugs and prostitution.
Avoid sex and avoid those perils, Coward said.
… When asked whether she’d recruited the “Toe Tag Monologues” to perform to send the message that engaging in premarital sex meant risking death, Coward said, “Yeah, because that’s what’s happening.”
Laura Deitsch, who was a health educator for a local reproductive health organization for more than a dozen years and attended the event, thought otherwise.
“Drugs are real; sex trafficking is real. I don’t know what is real about linking purity with those things.” said Deitsch, who spent her time as an educator teaching comprehensive sex education in the juvenile justice system, charter schools and community centers. “It was a hodgepodge of unrelated fear mongering.”
Speakers didn’t make a large effort to correlate premarital sex and the horrors relayed in their presentations. It’s possible that was intentional.
… Shaw said that although her organization addresses sex education beyond abstinence, she thought the event was good because the children attending were still young enough to choose to wait and the event offered them support in that decision.
Coward said she is passionate about the issue because she became pregnant at 16 and wonders whether her life might had been different had she been taught she could say, “No.”
Metro’s message, she said, is straight abstinence, but Southern Nevada Health District was on hand to offer testing and condoms, she said.
Coward said a second event called “Choose Courage” is in the works for boys.
… Deitsch said she thought the event wasn’t inclusive of LGBTQ children.
“What message could I give them that’s going to be a real message?” Coward said when the Sun asked whether the event had a message for those children. “I don’t care what you are; my message is be safe. I would like them to wait until they are married.”
… Research out of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has shown teens who take virginity pledges are just as likely to have sex as teens who don’t promise to wait, but they are less likely to practice safe sex.
This is from a left wing site, so obviously they are not going to be neutral about this but ridicule any form of supporting sexual purity:
- by IAN MILLHISER MAY 5, 2014
Girls who are not sexually abstinent, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Officer Regina Coward reportedly said, typically wind up victims of sexual assault. Or they become members of a gang. Or they take drugs. Or they become prostitutes.
To drive this message home, Coward organized a “Choose Purity” event that was co-sponsored by her police department. The message of the event, according to the Las Vegas Sun is that “[g]irls who ‘get promiscuous’ can wind up dead.” Approximately 125 parents and children attended.
The event’s program mingled its pro-abstinence message with video about women in dire circumstances.