18 roses. 18 candles. Cotillion de honor.
I have always dreamed of being a debutante
Walking into an elegant ballroom wearing a beautiful gown and surrounded by my loved ones and friends.
It was supposed to be my ‘coming out party.’
Instead, I was in hiding.
I was six months pregnant at 18.
Sex, Virginity and Relationships: What I Wish I Knew in College is a very timely book.
Worldwide, more than 15 million girls aged 15-19 give birth every year.
In the United States, the 2013 teen birth rate was 27 births per 1,000 teen girls, and there were 274,641 births to teen girls. U.S. rates of teen childbearing remain far higher than in other comparable countries. Teen childbearing is costing the U.S. taxpayers at least $9.4 billion annually.
In the Philippines, 24 babies are delivered by teenage mothers every hour (Philippine Statistical Authority, 2004).
Behind every statistic is a story. This is one of them. This is a true story.
Pregnant at age 17 and a single parent by 21, Pammy Godoy experienced first-hand how an unplanned pregnancy is a truly life-changing event. This is not a cautionary tale. This is a life lesson. A life lesson every teen girl needs to learn.
“This is the kind of book every teen girl needs to read, and every parent / teacher / mentor should discuss with teenage girls.
As a personal true story, it gives young women a glimpse into the life of someone just like them, so they could hopefully make better choices.
As an empowering workbook, it gives caring adults a guide to helping young women stick to those choices, and live better lives.
Read it, discuss it, share it. And maybe we can all help create a better society because of it.” – Aileen Santos, CPC MAC, Relationship Coach at www.AileenSantos.com
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