The WAIT program is designed to empower students by affirming to them that they have tremendous value, that all of their choices are significant, and that – with regards to sexuality – only abstinence can guarantee full protection.
WAIT! Let’s Talk Sex primary objectives:
- To provide medically accurate information about the risks and rewards (physical and emotional) surrounding sexual choices
- Affirm abstinence as the only way to completely prevent unplanned pregnancy/STI’s
- To explore media and cultural messages and how these influence our values and behaviour.
- Explore difference between risk elimination and risk reduction
- Identify the characteristics of healthy relationships including boundaries in dating
- Affirm the benefits of delaying sexual activity until engaged in a committed monogamous relationship where sex can be enjoyed without risk
The goal is to focus on the facts, on informed decision-making, and on each individual’s right to choose. Students are challenged to see themselves and others with high worth and value; the promotion of dignity and respect for self and others is essential.
Why is there a need for WAIT! Let’s Talk Sex?
Our sex-saturated cultures bombards students every day with very loud messages. Movies like, Friends With Benefits, shows like Jersey Shore, songs like Give Me Everything, and Magazines like Maxim and Cosmopolitan all say the same thing: Sex is a meaningless recreational activity strictly for the purpose of physical pleasure and having fun. Sex is like playing a sport – a person should be able have sex with anyone, anytime, anywhere. It’s no big deal. You’re invincible. Sex in today’s world has been stripped of all its value. That fact is: every year hundreds of ill-informed teens are diagnosed with STI’, faced with unplanned pregnancy , or left navigating a whirlwind of negative emotions. It has become a societal expectation for teens to be having sex. What about those who actually want to wait? How do they end up feeling? – like losers and weirdoes. This is truly tragic.