22 May 2014

Abstinence encouraged among American Samoan youth

4:26 pm on 22 May 2014

Public school students in American Samoa will hear about the benefits of abstaining from sex until marriage under a new course.

The Heritage Community Services organisation says the abstinence education programme is the only United States-funded teen pregnancy prevention program that promotes a consistent abstinence until marriage approach.

After a 2012 programme in the territory, a survey of students who took part showed that 80 percent of 243 high school students said they would not be likely to have sex before they were married.

78 percent said they are sure they could firmly say no to having sex with their partner and 59 percent said they are sure they would leave their partners if he or she continued to pressure them to have sex.

That programme was run by the group Intersections Incorporated, which received a grant from the US Department of Health and Human Services.