- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 3, 2002

Books

• "Sex Smart: 501 Reasons to Hold Off on Sex," by Susan Browning Pogany, Fairview Press, 1998. This book examines practical, not religious, reasons to abstain, including pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases and date rape.

• "Raising Sexually Pure Kids: How to Prepare Your Children for the Act of Marriage," by Tim and Beverly LaHaye, Multnomah Publishing, 1998. A noted conservative couple offers advice for parents in this book.

• "Sex and Sensibility: The Thinking Parent's Guide to Talking About Sex," by Deborah Roffman, Perseus Press, 2001. Ms. Roffman, a sexuality educator, provides advice on communicating with teens.

Online

• The Arizona Department of Health Services sponsors www.sexcanwait.com, a site where teens can learn how to withstand peer pressure and learn the benefits of waiting until marriage.

• True Love Waits, the national pledge program sponsored by Lifeway Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention, has an extensive Web site (www.truelovewaits.com) that features testimonials from members; facts and statistics about abstinence; and tips for parents, group leaders and teens.

• The National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, a nonprofit agency, has statistics, suggestions and research on its Web site (www.teenpregnancy.org).

• Great to Wait, a program sponsored by the Florida Department of Health, has a Web site (www.greattowait.com) with advice on standing up to peer pressure, information on the benefits of waiting and testimonials from teens.

• On the Web site of Free Teens (www.freeteens.org), a New Jersey-based abstinence education program, teens can find support and encouragement from other teens who have made similar choices.


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