Freedom from the problems of birth control: the pill and its side effects, the IUD and its risks.
Freedom from the pressure to marry too soon.
Freedom from the pain of giving your baby up for adoption.
Freedom from exploiting others or being exploited by others and all the emotions that come with it - guilt, doubt, worry, disappointment, anger, and rejection.
Freedom to be in control of your body.
Freedom to get to know your dating partner as a person.
Freedom to be in control of your life and your future - not to have it disrupted by pregnancy or disease.
Freedom to respect yourself.
Freedom to look forward to marriage and not be haunted by the “ghosts” of past sexual relationships.
Freedom to enjoy being a teenager, with many boy-girl relationships.
Freedom to form a strong marriage bond with one person for a lifetime—in other words, abstinence before marriage leads to greater trust, commitment, and faithfulness
- Excerpt from an article by Allen Webster entitled “How to Protect Yourself from Date Rape” found in Glad Tidings Good Things published by Jacksonville church of Christ in Jacksonville, AL; via The Central Message, the weekly bulletin of the Central church of Christ in Paducah KY. Jim Faughn serves as an elder and preacher for the congregation. He may be contacted through the congregation's website at: http://www.centralchurchofchrist.org