This Valentine's Day will mark the 17th annual Day of Purity – a day when high school and college students in America and around the world are encouraged to stand for sexual purity.
According to the Guttmacher Institute, nearly a half million U.S. women between the ages of 15 and 19 became pregnant in 2013. Holly Meade, international director for Liberty Counsel's Day of Purity, says the event is meant to push back against Hollywood's hedonistic message regarding sex.
"We're encouraging young people to wear white on Valentine's Day, on February 14th, to publicly promote abstinence and encourage other people to do the same, particularly that age where Hollywood and culture [are] pushing them toward sexual, promiscuous activity," Meade tells OneNewsNow.
While she recognizes some teens may feel intimidated about wearing white and sharing the message of purity for fear of being ridiculed, she says there is a way around that.
"It's a shy subject for a lot of people, and I understand that. But I like to encourage groups to do it because I think there's more strength in numbers, especially when you're talking about sexual purity," the event director submits.
Meade says that public schools are another battleground because of their use of extreme sex education curricula.