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Facing the Facts
decision. It pleases God when his people make and keep promises
to him.
Choose this day whom you will serve. . . . But as for me and
my house, we will serve the Lord.
JOSHUA 24:15
Next, think through how you’ll handle pressure. Most of this
pressure will come in the form of comments such as the following:

“What’s the matter with y­ ou—­are you a prude?”
“Haven’t you grown up ­yet—­are you still a child?”
“You say that you care for me, but you don’t show it by doing
what people who love each other do.”
“If you don’t have sex with me, I’m going to ruin your
reputation by telling everyone at school what a prude you
“You said you’d go out with me, and that means you’ll have
sex, so stop being a tease!”
It’s not important that you have a snappy or clever answer to any
of these comments. Say no in a way that indicates you really mean it.
Don’t get drawn into a d
­ ebate—­you have decision power over your
body and your life. You can simply say, “I do not choose to have sex
with you (or kiss you or let you touch me). I want to go home now;
this date is over.”
Pressure to have sex can sometimes get even worse. A number
of girls report being forced to have sex on dates. Sometimes a girl
may let herself be talked into having sex, or she may feel threatened
by a boy who says he’ll ruin her reputation or worse. Sexual abusers often “groom” their victims by slowly increasing the pressure
to have greater and greater physical involvement. If you ever feel
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