Abstinence Essay Contest 3rd Place
Joshua Olmsted, a 9th grader at Eastern Wayne High School
is presented with 3rd place by Kristin Mcintosh-Tri of the
Wayne County Health Department Health Education Program. Joshua
will be a rising sophomore at Eastern Wayne High School in
the 2006-2007 school year.
He received a $300 college scholarship, $50 gift certificate
to Berkeley Mall, $5 gift certificate to McDonalds, a T-Shirt
that says "I'm worth waiting for", and a certificate
of Recognition for 3rd Place.
Today's society places so much emphasis on safe sex due to
the increase in sexually transmitted diseases. In fact, casual
sex can be as life threatening as playing Russian roulette.
There is a better choice that involves no risk at all. The
answer is abstinence or no sex. A true commitment to abstinence
prior to marriage will result in maintaining a healthy lifestyle,
avoiding unplanned pregnancies, and developing a greater sense
of self-control and respect.
Abstinence is a way of life that promotes a healthy lifestyle.
Society is always advocating the idea of safe sex when, in
fact, there is no guarantee that any form of protection is
100% safe. Currently, all protective devices are manmade and
there is always the risk of human error either in the proper
use of the method selected, or the construction of the protective
method used. At a time when more and more people are being
diagnosed with incurable and/or potentially fatal diseases
due to casual sex, abstinence prior to marriage is the only
answer to protecting one's self from such diseases. It is
also a way to ensure that when someone finally selects their
life partner, they will be able to assure them that because
of a previous commitment to abstinence they are pure and healthy.
If both people have made that same commitment, it greatly
decreases the risk of any future health problems for the couple
due to sexually transmitted diseases. In order for a person
to maintain a healthy lifestyle, safe sex is not a choice.
The only answer is no sex, in other wards abstinence.
In continuing, unplanned or unwanted pregnancies are also
a result of casual sex. As with safe sex, there is no method
of birth control presently marketed that is 100% guaranteed
to prevent pregnancy. Again, the only absolute way to prevent
an unplanned pregnancy is to remain a virgin and abstain from
intercourse. So many teenage lives are adversely impacted
by an unwanted pregnancy. Teen mothers and fathers are often
forced to quit high school and begin employment to support
their new family. The jobs that they obtain are typically
low income and leave very little room for much advancement:
If the father refuses to accept responsibility, the teenage
mother is often times forced to live off welfare with little
chance of changing the cycle. The only method of birth control
that works all the time is to abstain from sexual intercourse,
For teenagers in today's sex-oriented society, a commitment
to abstinence is extremely difficult. They are constantly
being bombarded by sexual images through all sources of media.
Technology and the Internet have added to the opportunity
to be exposed to sexual material. Throw in the power of peer
pressure and the chance of abstinence is almost a lose, lose
situation. However, if one is brought up in a family that
values self-control, good morals, and self-respect, there
is a greater chance that a choice to abstain will be made.
In addition, the schools are now involved in character education
and stress self-control as a positive character trait. Teachers
often encourage their students to exercise self-control and
have respect for both themselves and their bodies. A teenager
who develops a great deal of self-control and respect is one,
who will decide to make a commitment to abstinence.
Finally; society can choose to advocate for safe sex using
manmade methods of protection. While the only true answer
to safe sex is abstinence. If abstinence is the answer, then
the result will be someone who maintains their personal health,
avoids unplanned pregnancies, and demonstrates self-control