1) What do you mean by a "chaste lifestyle?"
Merriam-Webster's dictionary strictly defines
chastity as "abstention from unlawful sexual intercourse." By this
definition, society has always encouraged living a chaste lifestyle.
Today, chastity can be defined as periodic abstinence from sexual activity. Married
couples are a perfect example of chastity in practice. Spouses are
expected to remain faithful to one another and practice chastity - they are to
abstain from sexual activity outside of the marital union.
By Board Resolution, Real Alternatives adopted
the A-H Guidelines set forth as part of Section 510 of Title V
amending the United States Welfare Reform Act of 1996, Title V of the Social
Security Act for programs teaching abstinence consistent with the
Abstinence education means an educational or motivational program
- has as its exclusive purpose, teaching
the social, psychological, and health gains to be realized by
abstaining from sexual activity;
- teaches abstinence from sexual activity
outside marriage as the expected standard for all school age
- teaches that abstinence from sexual
activity is the only certain way to avoid out-of-wedlock
pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, and other associated
- teaches that a mutually faithful
monogamous relationship in context of marriage is the expected
standard of human sexual activity;
- teaches that sexual activity outside of
the context of marriage is likely to have harmful psychological
and physical effects;
- teaches that bearing children
out-of-wedlock is likely to have harmful consequences for the
child, the child's parents, and society;
- teaches young people how to reject sexual
advances and how alcohol and drug use increases vulnerability to
sexual advances; and
- teaches the importance of attaining
self-sufficiency before engaging in sexual activity.
2) How does the promotion of a chaste lifestyle
and abstinence resistance skills lower teen pregnancy and sexually
transmitted infections and disease?
Abstinence resistance skills programs work most effectively in
accomplishing three goals:
- First, they delay initiation of
- Second, they reduce the number of
partners of those that were already sexually active; and
- Third, they decrease the frequency of
Simply put, less sexual activity lowers
the risk of pregnancy and STDs due to contraceptive and condom
Science has shown that there is only one way for a parent to
their teen from becoming pregnant and from becoming infected with a
sexually transmitted infection and disease....by promoting
resistance skills taught in chastity
education to their children.
3) What lessons should parents teach
children before they become sexually active?
Parents know their teens and know how and when
to discuss sexual activity with their children. The key
is to talk to your teen before he or she
becomes sexually active. Go over the dangers he or she faces, your expectation of them in this area,
postponing sexual involvement. Explain that abstinence is in the only certain way
to not get pregnant or contract a sexually transmitted disease.
4) What lessons should parents teach their
children who may already be sexually active or are not sure if they
Talk to your teen now, even if you
suspect he or she might already be sexually active. Go over the
dangers with them, and encourage them to start living a chaste
lifestyle. Even if you think your teen will not postpone sexual
involvement, explain how decreasing the amount of
times they have sex and the number of partners they have sex with
can lower their risks of having to face teen pregnancy and
sexually transmitted infections and diseases. Let them know
that contraceptives do not prevent or eliminate the risk of pregnancy or
contracting a sexually transmitted disease. Share with them the
information that the medical community and other researchers have found in
these areas listed on this website.