Why We Have This Website:
Parents love their children, want what is best for
them, and want to protect them from harm.
It sounds simple, yet accomplishing those goals
can be quite a challenge. From the earliest moment as parents
when we become aware we have a child, we change our behavior in terms
of what we
eat so as not to harm the baby during the pregnancy. After
the birth, we make sure our child sleeps on his or her back, we
remove bumper pads from cribs, and keep diapers changed to prevent
rashes. As they become more mobile, we "baby-proof" our homes. Once schools starts, we make sure they have everything they
need to succeed, and we ensure that they get the best education
possible. When they begin to drive, we make sure they are safe
enough to handle that responsibility. When it comes
to sexual activity we want to make sure they are safe from sexually
transmitted infections and avoid teen pregnancies.
In the 1960s and 1970s, two sexually
transmitted infections and diseases, Syphilis and Gonorrhea were the
main concern of a risky sexual lifestyle. In those days,
penicillin would take care of those infections. In the 1980s and
1990s, parents became primarily concerned about the HIV/AIDS
epidemic and sky rocketing teen pregnancy rates.
Now parents need to be concerned about 26
known sexually transmitted infections that can turn into incurable
diseases that cause cancer, infertility, or death.
Some may think that promoting the use of a condom completely
protects their children. Though condoms provide some
do not eliminate the risk completely. This is
a dangerous and unhealthy situation in the middle of a medically
know teenage epidemic of sexually transmitted infections. A teen's
possible exposure to sexually transmitted
diseases is tremendous.
However, without a doubt, the safest and healthiest way to
simultaneously eliminate the risk of contracting a sexually
transmitted infection and a teenage pregnancy is by helping your
child to recognize the value and necessity of living a chaste lifestyle
in today's society. The goal of this website
is to equip you with the tools to assist in this area of parenting.
Who We Are:
Real Alternatives is nonprofit, tax-exempt,
charitable corporation founded in 1996. From its very beginning, Real Alternatives has been at the forefront of
promoting a safe, healthy, and responsible lifestyle for teens and
young adults. In light of the medically known epidemic of sexually
transmitted infections and diseases in our teen and young adult
population, combined with the known failure of contraceptives to prevent
pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases, Real
Alternatives has consistently promoted and encouraged living a chaste
lifestyle as the healthiest lifestyle for single teens and young
Though contraceptives have some success in
lowering the risk of teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted
infections, none of them prevent or eliminate the risk
repercussions of this failure can be devastating physically,
mentally, and emotionally. Real Alternatives encourages
behavior modification (chaste lifestyle) as safer than behavior
accommodation (contraceptives) for teens and young adults.
Real Alternatives, as a part of its corporate
activities, administers the Pregnancy and Parenting
Support Services Program for the
states of Pennsylvania, Michigan and Indiana.
The Pregnancy and Parenting Support Services
Programs in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Indiana are made up of a
statewide or regional network of social service
agencies, pregnancy support centers, maternity residences and adoption agencies
that offer comprehensive, life-affirming alternatives to abortion to
women dealing with unplanned pregnancies.
Service Providers with 95 centers located
throughout Pennsylvania, 19 centers in Michigan, and 18 centers in
Indiana are staffed with fully trained, caring and compassionate
counselors. These Service Providers are non-discriminatory,
non-profit organizations that are monitored annually to ensure
compliance with Department of Public Welfare standards.
We have served
over 270,000 women since the program began in March 1996. Through
their counselors, the centers offer free and confidential support,
encouragement, guidance and practical assistance to women so they do
not need to choose abortion. These agencies offer counseling,
referrals and material aid to women experiencing a crisis pregnancy
as well as abstinence education.
The Healthiest Choice:
Based on the serious dangers of today's sexually transmitted
infection dangers, medical science and common sense have shown that the healthiest choice for teens and
young adults is to live a chaste lifestyle by abstaining from
sexual activity until marriage.
By informing teens and young adults of the
dangers of a risky sexual lifestyle and encouraging
resistance skills, parents can effectively lower or prevent the risk
that their child will become involved in a teenage pregnancy and/or
become infected with a sexually transmitted infection which can lead
Today's teens need our help more than ever!
They are bombarded with so many more dangerous, false and misleading
messages from the present society than we ever were as young adults.
Today's parents can
help their teens by teaching and encouraging resistance skills in order to keep their children from
the harm of today's world. By promoting and continually
encouraging resistance skills, parents can help their teen
accomplish three healthy goals:
- First, delay initiation of
- Second, reduce the number of
partners they have if they are already sexually active; and
- Third, decrease the frequency of
intercourse they have if they are already sexually active.
Accomplishing anyone of these goals logically results in a reduction
in the risks of pregnancy,
births, Sexually Transmitted Diseases and HIV. Science has shown
that there is only one way for a parent to
their teen from becoming pregnant and from becoming infected with a
sexually transmitted infection and disease....that is by promoting
resistance skills learned in chastity
education to our children.
Concerned Parents Report is dedicated
to reporting information and imparting knowledge to parents so they
can empower their children to make the healthiest choice for their
reproductive health - living a chaste lifestyle.