Most Youths Break Abstinence Pledges
Posted on May 10, 2006
A scene from a “Purity Ball”—a dance in which fathers goad their daughters into pledging to remain virgins until marriage. The majority of such pledges, according to a recent Harvard study, don’t last a year.
A Harvard study
further confirms that abstinence pledges are basically bunk.
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BOSTON ? Virginity pledges, in which young people vow to abstain from sex until marriage, have little staying power among those who take them, a Harvard study has found.
More than half of the adolescents who make the signed public promises give up on their pledges within a year, according to the study released last week.
The findings have raised the ire of Concerned Women for America, a prominent conservative organization that advocates adolescent sexual abstinence.
“The Harvard report is wrong,” said Janice Crouse, a fellow at a Concerned Women for America think tank.
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