Abstinence Proponents Say Traditional Values Making a Comeback

July 7, 2008 - 8:02 PM

Washington (CNSNews.com) - More and more teenagers are returning to the values of their grandparents by refraining from pre-marital sex, said a group of young activists gathered in Washington Monday to announce the third annual National Week of Chastity.

"It's hard in this culture to remain chaste," college freshman Mike Boggs, 17, told CNSNews.com. "But it's worth it in the long run."

Boggs was one of several teenagers and young adults appearing at a press conference as guests of the American Life League (ALL) to tout the rewards of chastity that ALL spokesperson Cathy Brown said are rarely mentioned in contemporary sex education classes.

"It takes an incredible amount of character to be chaste," Brown told CNSNews.com. Brown said that she senses a return to traditional values among young people, a trend she terms "neo-traditionalism."

"Casual sex is losing its appeal among modern youth," said Brown.

"The pendulum is swinging back to the values of our grandparents," youth activist Carrie Musselman, 23, told CNSNews.com.

When teens are educated about some of the consequences of casual sex, such as unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases, instead of just the mechanics of birth control they are more likely to opt for abstinence, said Tracy Casale, who is still in her twenties and teaches high school in Charleston, SC.

"This chastity revolution is the best thing going for young people," Casale told CNSNews.com.

Casale said that despite peer pressure in high school and even middle school to engage in sex, teenagers overwhelmingly choose celibacy when given the facts about how casual sex can harm them.

"Many children don't know, for example, that condoms offer little or no protection from many sexually transmitted diseases," said Casale. "These children deserve the best, and the best is not a condom. It's chastity."

The official spokesperson for the National Week of Chastity is Angela Crimi, 23, a contemporary Christian music artist whose song "Young Boy, Young Girl" recorded for her new album "Come Follow Me," is the theme song for this year's chastity week.

Crimi told CNSNews.com that she is engaged and has decided to remain celibate until marriage.

"We couldn't do it without prayer," said Crimi.