By AMANDA GREENE
Wilmington Faith and Values
Pamela Ward said she didn’t mean to offend anyone.
But with a faith-based event titled “Sex Gone Wild: Passion for Purity in a World Out of Control,” heads are bound to turn.
The event at 6-8 p.m. Sunday Feb. 12 at the Wilmington Convention Center is meant to be a Christian teen rally about the dangers of sexually transmitted diseases and the option of abstinence. The night will include Christian rock bands, step team performances, techno-giveaways and national abstinence advocate and author Pam Stenzel as the keynote speaker. Ward’s church, Broken Bread Fellowship in Castle Hayne, is sponsoring the free event.
“Michelle Obama is talking about obesity as an issue, but one of the biggest threats to our teens today are STDs. Some are killing or maiming them for life,” Ward said. “It’s really because of our culture and lack of morals and breakdown of the foundation of the Bible as our sense of a standard. Kids are confused. They have nothing to stand on!”
The Centers for Disease Control reported that in 2009, “nearly half of the 19 million new STDs each year are among young people aged 15–24 years old.” According to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services’ 2010 HIV/STD Surveillance Report, the most recent on record, the number of chlamydia cases was 42,167.
Among female chlamydia reports in 2010, the age groups with the
highest rates of the disease were 20-24-year-olds (4,204.3 per 100,000) and 15-19 year olds (4,076.8 per 100,000).
The report stated there were 14,153 gonorrhea cases in 2010.
Ward is speaking from a personal place.
“My stance is I was a victim of an STD, and I know the effects and the devastation of it. My daughter had an STD and thought she couldn’t have children,” she added. “My prayer is for the Holy Ghost to come into these children, and a new generation will have a voice and will make a stand.”