YEN Silver Ring Thing
The WV Youth Encouragers Network (WV YEN) has partnered with the national initiative, the Silver Ring Thing, to encourage sexual abstinence to the youth of West Virginia.
On average, at least 7,000 American teens experience their first sexual intercourse every day. Few experience intercourse before the age of 13, but most do have sex by 20 age.
Nationwide, 46.8 percent of students (grades K-12) have had sexual intercourse. More than 50 percent of youth (ages 15-19) have had oral sex.
Statistically, 31 percent of young women become pregnant at least once by age 20.6. In 2005 (the most recent year for which there is reliable data), approximately 1.21 million abortions took place in the U.S. Fifty percent of U.S. women obtaining abortions are younger than 25; women aged 20-24 obtain 33% of all U.S. abortions and teenagers obtain 17.5 percent.
The Silver Ring Thing's goal is to create a culture shift in America where abstinence becomes the norm again rather than the exception. SRT's mission is "to motivate, educate, support and transform generations of young people to embrace a lifestyle of Christ-centered sexual abstinence until marriage."