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Why should you save sex for marriage?

With more than half of all marriages ending in divorce, it’s no wonder that many teens are skeptical.  Today, living together has become the choice of 1 in 3 single women in the U.S.  However, research has found that 40% of cohabiting unions disintegrate before marriage and that couples that eventually marry have a 50% higher rate of divorce than couples who do not live together prior to marriage. Cohabiting women are more than twice as likely to be victims of domestic violence than married women and 1 in 5 kids who live with their cohabiting parents are likely to be abused. Cohabiting women have rates of depression three times higher than married women.  Also, cohabiting men are 4 times more likely to cheat than husbands, and cohabiting women are 8 times more likely to cheat than spouses.  Sadly, there are generational pitfalls to living together, as children born to cohabiting couples have a 50% higher divorce rate.

The institution of marriage is universal and has always been the foundation for strong families.  The act of sex is a precious gift that is meant to be enjoyed within the uniqueness of a married relationship which offers exclusive commitment and protection.  Within a faithful, married relationship, sex is liberating and joyous. The marriage glues the relationship together.  No more dating or drifting in and out of relationships. True commitment is more likely to endure tough times and is less likely to look for an easy way out. 

Saving sex for marriage increases marital success and healthy marriages benefit society. Married couples are happier, live longer, are more sexually fulfilled, and are more productive at work than their unmarried counterparts.  Sex outside of marriage is dangerous and a hotbed for disease, heartbreak, pregnancy, and abortion.  The truth is that those who are really committed are willing to show it by going for that “piece of paper” and with that “piece of paper” peace of mind.

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