Being born and raised a JW presented many problems for me sexually. Abstinence-only sexual education has been largely discredited, and shown to have the potential to actually increase problems and risk of engaging in sex without condoms or preparation. My first sexual encounters were not with condoms and i had some issues because of that. Thankfully they were not life altering. But based on most JW's i wonder how many of them have had issues because of no sex education or just lack of knowing anything about sex. / to furhter the article i am posting / Unfortunately, the vagueness and broadness of the sexual constrictions in the purity movement, left people confused, and often feeling that they must reject even normal, healthy sexual urges. Sadly, only sexual urges within heterosexual, committed, adult relationships were defined as healthy. This leaves out a lot, and also abandons teens to be unable to learn or understand their own sexual urges, with the notion that they will understand them, once they’re married.
feeling immense shame and pain about their sexual urges, desires and behaviors, as these young people encounter the wide world of sexuality available outside the confines of these moral fantasies. Sexual shame is not solely a religious issue, but it is in the religious communities where we are now seeing this problem reach epidemic levels. Atheists who watch porn rarely report concerns or problems with it, while the strength of a person’s religious beliefs and moral condemnation of porn, predicts that they will feel addicted to porn, regardless of how little they watch. Religious people are at heightened risk of developing sexual disorders, and feeling at a loss to deal with them or get help. Sadly, when people within religious communities seek help for their sexual concerns, they are most often told to suppress or “battle” their sexuality, or sent to pseudotreatments such as sex or porn addiction programs, where their sexual desires are portrayed as a form of sickness.