Let’s face it. Sex is everywhere. Secular media has made promiscuity the norm. Wildly popular shows like True Blood and The Secret Life of an American Teenager are sexually saturated. In music, movies, Facebook, and other outlets, sexual content is unavoidable. People who practice abstinence perceive that they are the minority. They feel abnormal because they believe that sex should be reserved for marriage. Can you really blame them for feeling that way? In an attempt to “fit in,” people become sexually active, and the results are devastating.
As many as 87% of young people will have sex by the age of 24. Currently, about 62% of women of reproductive age are using birth control, and 54% of women who obtained abortions were using some form of birth control when they conceived. While birth control use has continued to rapidly increase, we have seen no significant decrease in the number of abortions. Despite the push for comprehensive sex education and the increasing accessibility of birth control, the unplanned pregnancy and abortion rates in America have not shown significant decreases. Moreover, STD rates have dramatically increased. Despite this evidence, the Obama Administration has issued a new ruling forcing all health insurance plans to cover birth control with no deductible, and Plan B has also been made over the counter (without ID) to students as young as 15.
So, what do we do? How do we compete with a world saturated in sex?
We want YOU to become the educators. Young adults are more likely to engage in conversations about sexuality with their peers instead of a stuffy, awkward adult. Take back the conversation on sex, and encourage your peers to engage in healthy, respectful relationships. Educate your friends on the truth about “safe sex,” STDs, and unplanned pregnancies. Guide your peers to places where they can find STD testing and help. This month, you are defining the conversation to expose the reality of today’s culture and the need to change.
This month’s box includes the following materials: 25 SFLA “Safe Sex” cards, 25 “How At Risk Are You” brochures, 25 “50 Years of the Pill” brochures, 25 flyers, 20 Plan B drop cards, and the book Does the Birth Control Pill Cause Abortions?. Please submit your request via our new online form found here.
*Boxes are sent to active students or student groups only, while supplies last.*
Before hosting a meeting or presentation on healthy relationships, contraception, or other sexual health topics, here are some sources that you should review:
- Sexual Health and STDs
- Plan B Facts
- Healthy Relationships
- Healthy Relationships II: Conflict Resolution
More information about STDs can be found at LoveFacts.org. Here are some topics to discuss:
- Truth about “Safe Sex”
- Contraceptive Failure and STD Protection
- Hormonal Contraception and Picking Your Partner
Create new resources for students seeking sexual health services. Locate local organizations that do STD/STI testing but do not refer to or offer abortion services. Make a brochure, and distribute on campus. Contact your local pregnancy resource centers or federally qualified health centers to see if they do STD testing.
Ask an RA to host a program featuring one of our Pregnant on Campus RA programs. The available RA program outlines include such topics as Healthy Relationships, Healthy Relationships II, Sexual Health and STDs, and more. These programs include talking points for your presentation, suggested activities, and sources for more information. Review the programs here.
Organize a discussion panel to discuss healthy relationships. Invite representatives from your Health Center, Counseling services, Residence Life, and even Campus Ministry to discuss the physical, emotional, and/or spiritual aspects of healthy relationships.
Host a speaker to discuss a sexual health topic (e.g. abstinence, birth control, STD awareness). Ask a local Pro-Life doctor or a health professional, or check out our Recommended Speakers list on such topics as Natural Family Planning, Abortion Pill, Abstinence, etc.
Organize a flyering campaign: “How at risk are you?” (See flyer images below. Contact Beth for the files or copies.) Plan on posting these flyers for at least 2 weeks, and be sure to target popular areas of campus- especially dorms!
Table! Choose one of the topics listed in our “Talking Points” section to create an educational display, or challenge your peers with a polling question, like “Is safe sex really safe?” You could also challenge your peers with a “Free Speech” wall featuring the prompting phrase “Birth Control is…”and then offering an educational tabling display or handouts. (Alternate phrases may include- “Safe sex is…” or “Condoms are..” to prompt responses.)
Organize an “Expose Plan B” campaign. Go to stores near your campus, and insert SFLA’s Plan B dropcards in front of boxes of Plan B. Learn more about Plan B here. Request cards by emailing Beth at email@example.com.
Request a free SFLA training. As you are looking towards the end of the semester, consider our recommended training: “Leadership Development & Identification.” Your group may also be interested in Apologetics, Social Justice, or Defeating Planned Parenthood trainings. Request a free training here.
*Copies of or the files for these graphics can be obtained by contacting Beth at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Planned Parenthood intentionally targets youth because young people are their ideal customer base. It starts with seemingly well-intentioned sex education, but the end goal is abortion, their most profitable service. Watch this video so that you can better explain why you do not support Planned Parenthood!
Watch these videos to understand the manipulation and abuse that can occur by allowing Plan B (an abortifacient) to be sold over the counter to young people. Find out more at www.exposeplanb.com.
Questions? Comments? Let us know what you think about this month’s Event-in-a-Box! Email Beth.