Links - Youth Issues: Sexuality
Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network
Among its programs, RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1.800.656.HOPE. This national partnership of more than 1,100 local rape treatment hotlines provides victims of sexual assault with free, confidential services around the clock. The hotline has helped more than one million since it began in 1994.
Darkness to Light
This organization’s mission is to diminish the incidence and impact of child sexual abuse, so that more children will grow up healthy and whole. Their programs raise awareness of the prevalence and consequences of child sexual abuse by educating adults about the steps they can take to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to the reality of child sexual abuse.
six19 is billed as “a response to the culture of lust that has overrun everything that surrounds us.” Believing that God ordained sex to be enjoyed, six19 wants to reclaim the land by helping male visitors see through culture’s distortions and perversions of sexuality. The site includes information on curriculum, resources and six19 meetings.
Rapidly growing in popularity among teens, the online home of this video program is designed to “create a space for frank discussion of all things related to teen sexuality.” The episodes are very frank, addressing topics such as pornography, parents, anal sex, birth control, masturbation, abstinence, etc. If your kids are tuning in, you need to be discussing what they’re seeing.
The Medical Institute
This non-profit organization seeks to communicate scientifically and medically credible information regarding matters of sexual health, particularly in response to the epidemics of teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. Packed with valuable information, statistics, analysis, fact sheets, research and reports.
Pam Stenzel, Founder of Enlighten Communications Inc., tackles today’s tough issues of sex with candor, insight, humor and the challenge for young people to get the abstinence advantage. Her site includes interactive media and online courses to teach sexual abstinence to kids.
Teens Against Pornography
A place where teenagers help other teens in the battle with pornography addiction. This is an online community where kids can get support, be prayed for, be held accountable, and tap into advice and techniques for claiming victory over the area of sexual purity.
This organization exists to partner with and equip the church in bringing the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to transform the lives of those affected by sexual sin. While the database of articles and resources is relatively small, it is extremely helpful. A great site for those struggling with or working with those who are struggling with sexual sin.
National Coalition for the Protection of Children and Families
With hundreds of thousands of pornographic Web sites on the Internet, this site is designed to help parents protect their children from exposure to and the dangers of Internet pornography. Includes safety tips, filtering suggestions, practical tools and numerous links.
Self-billed as giving teens “sex education for the real world,” this site’s been “committed to delivering the best contemporary teen sex ed on the net since 1998.” Since this site has become popular among teens, it’s worth looking at just to discover what our kids are learning, thinking and doing.
This page on gURL.com highlights what girls think about virginity. It includes quotes from teen girls and their thoughts about sex, abstinence, and related topics. Demonstrates the broad views that today's teen girls have regarding virginity.
From the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority, this site offers sex and sexuality advice to children and teens in the form of an online comic book featuring sexual superheroes. This is a place to discover the a-biblical sexual values, attitudes and behaviors trumpeted in the mainstream of culture.
CyberTipLine is a part of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. Besides being a place to report leads about missing and exploited children, the website also offers valuable tips for parents, teens, and children internet users on how to stay safe online.
The Abstinence Clearinghouse is an association for the abstinence education community, serving agencies and individuals on an international, state and local level. This non-profit promotes the appreciation for and practice of sexual abstinence until marriage through distrubition of age-appropriate, factual and medically-accurate materials.
The Love Matters organization strives to promote a Biblical sexual ethic to teens and young adults. Advice is offered on all things sexual including love, contraception, STDs, abortion, and adoption. Visitors can order or view a copy of the 28 page Love Matters.com newspaper for teens and college students.
Day of Purity
Day of purity is striving to promote purity in mind and actions especially among today's youth. This website encourages youth to partake in the national day of purity where they can take a stand and make a public demonstration of their commitment to remain sexually pure, in mind and actions, until marriage.
Another online place for kids to find guidance on sexuality, relationships, and other issues facing teens today. On our most recent visit we found a section called "Your Johnson and You: The Lowdown on Male Anatomy." This is another good site for parents and youth workers as it offers a peek into what kids are learning about sexuality from mainstream culture. Planned Parenthood operates the site.
This is a website by teens for teens where students can discuss topics of sex, parenting, body image, alcohol and drugs and many other issues. A great place to find out directly what teens think about such matters.