When compared to sexually active teens, those who abstain from sexual activity during high school years (e.g., at least until age 18) are:
- 60 percent less likely to be expelled from school
- 50 percent less likely to drop out of high school
- Almost twice as likely to graduate from college
“Teenage Sexual Abstinence and Academic Achievement” - Heritage Foundation
According to the Search institute, youth need 31 total internal and external assets to thrive. Most teens have 19. For more information on the Developmental Asset Theory visit www.search-institute.org
SRA education was introduced in Ohio schools in the late 1980s and since that time there has been a 36% decrease in teen pregnancy. That decrease saved the state of Ohio $300 million in 2004 alone.
National Campaign to Reduce Teen and Unplanned Prgnancy report: “By the Numbers: The Public Costs of Teen Childbearing in Ohio.”
If a male teen initiates sex by 14, he has almost a 75% likelihood of having 6 or more partners by the time he reaches 20 years of age. A teen girl has aa 58% likelihood of 6 or more sexual partners by the age of 20 if she initiates sex by 14. That risk drops to 10% respectively if the teen waits until he or she is at least 17 years of age. Sexual delay until marriage provides the optimal health outcomes, but even a shorter postponement greatly reduces the STD risk. US Department of Health and Human Services Report (2001) Trends in the Well-Being of America’s Children and youth, 2000.
According to Ohio’s STD prevalence data, Chlamydia has increased from 41,583 reported cases in 2006 to 51,194 case (for all ages) in 2010. 68 of Ohio’s 88 counties experienced an increase in Chlamydia rates from 2009-2010. We have an epidemic of disease in our state.
The RIDGE Project and OAHC have served 87,616 students and 3,085 adults for a total of 90,701. We are making a difference. Here are what some students have to say:
“I have always said that I’m saving sex until marriage (and have so far), and I plan to stay that way, but I think that your presentation has given me more confidence in myself.”
“Your presentation really had a positive outcome on me, I believe. I have had a problem with drugs for a few years because that’s all my dad does, but, I’ve always gone through life believing I’d be successful even if I did do drugs. But now, I know that I can definitely be better than my dad and not do the drugs that he does and that I can be what - ever I want because I matter.”