The REAL Deal is an abstinence program, branching off from a proven successful abstinence education program, Abstinence By Choice. This program is designed to teach teens the consequences of risky behaviors such as premarital sex.
Abstinence by Choice operates in public and private schools across the state. The program targets 7th, 8th, and 9th grade students and reaches about 4,000 youths each year. A recent evaluation, involving a sample of nearly 1,000 students, shows that the program has been highly effective in changing the attitudes that are directly linked to early sexual activity.
When compared with similar students who had not been exposed to the program, the Abstinence by Choice program reduced the sexual activity rates as follows:
Girls by approximately 40 percent (from 10.2 percent to 5.9 percent)
Boys by approximately 30 percent (from 22.8 percent to 15.8 percent)
THE REAL DEAL, will be using the same curriculum as Abstinence by Choice. We have been given permission to copy any material they have used in the past and feel this is the best way to continue teaching abstinence in all of Saline County.