Young people across America, and the entire world, are taking a stand for sexual purity. Friday is the seventh annual Day of Purity - a day where young people encourage their peers to stay sexually pure until marriage.
"It is time to take a stand against behaviors that cause disease and death. Youth who have already engaged in sexual activity can make a fresh start on the Day of Purity," Amber Haskew, coordinator for the Day of Purity, said.
"Young people are ready to send a positive message to their friends, parents, churches, communities, legislators, and the media," she added. "It's time for a positive change in our culture."
Events are planned at churches and school campuses across the country, and many will wear Day of Purity T-shirts and wristbands.
Students at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., have planned a campus-wide gathering to raise awareness about the dangers of promiscuous sex.
The Centers for Disease Control reports there are 19 million new cases of sexually transmitted diseases every year. Half of those cases involve teenagers.
"The heartache surrounding the tragedy of sexual promiscuity demands that we offer clear moral guidance and encouragement for our youth to stay sexually pure until marriage," Haskew said. "The consequences of sexually transmitted diseases in our nation's youth are devastating, and abstinence is the only effective action."
Abstinence-only education is the most effective way to reduce sexual activity, according to a new study published this month in the Archives of Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine.