High Schooler Protests ‘Slut-Shaming’ Abstinence Assembly

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A West Virginia high school student is filing an injunction against her principal, who she claims is threatening to punish her for speaking out against a factually inaccurate abstinence assembly at her school. Katelyn Campbell, who is the student body vice president at George Washington High School, alleges her principal threatened to call the college where she’s been accepted to report that she has “bad character.”


George Washington High School recently hosted a conservative speaker, Pam Stenzel, who travels around the country to advocate an abstinence-only approach to teen sexuality. Stenzel has a long history ofusing inflammatory rhetoric to convince young people that they will face dire consequences for becoming sexually active. At GW’s assembly, Stenzel allegedly told students that “if you take birth control, your mother probably hates you” and “I could look at any one of you in the eyes right now and tell if you’re going to be promiscuous.” She also asserted that condoms aren’t safe, and every instance of sexual contact will lead to a sexually transmitted infection.

Campbell refused to attend the assembly, which was funded by a conservative religious organization called “Believe in West Virginia” and advertised with fliers that proclaimed “God’s plan for sexual purity.” Instead, she filed a complaint with the ACLU and began to speak out about her objections to this type of school-sponsored event. Campbell called Stenzel’s presentation “slut shaming” and said that it made many students uncomfortable.

GW Principal George Aulenbacher, on the other hand, didn’t see anything wrong with hosting Stenzel. “The only way to guarantee safety is abstinence. Sometimes, that can be a touchy topic, but I was not offended by her,” he told the West Virginia Gazette last week.

Written By: Tara Culp-Ressler
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25 COMMENTS

    • In reply to #2 by zengardener:

      She should avoid any university that has a problem with her behavior, if she wants to attain a quality education.

      Via Twitter – Wellesley College welcomes her with open arms this fall…”we think she’ll fit right in.” Fab!

      I wonder if this will affect her course of study, i.e. she points her sail towards women rights issues.

    • In reply to #2 by zengardener:

      She should avoid any university that has a problem with her behavior, if she wants to attain a quality education.

      Do you mean she should assert herself as one of the sheep??

    • In reply to #3 by SaganTheCat:

      in the interest of balance should they have someone do a talk on abstinence only approach to religion? I’m sure we could draw some paralels…

      Or, perhaps, the promiscuity only approach to sex? Past it now, but I would have enjoyed it back, long, long ago, in the days of youth.

  1. This kid is bang on. It is highly inappropriate for a school to sponsor, let alone send its students to assembly, and, for all intent, forcing them to participate. As it is, it seems like the assembly is more of a “lesson” – which it definitely should not be. The only thing a school should be doing in terms of sex ed is teaching the biology (how VD and pregnancy happens, and technically how these are avoided). Morality lessons are best left to parents.

    • In reply to #6 by TrickyDicky:

      I note that Pam Stenzel trained at Liberty University

      “Liberty University, Training Champions for Christ since 1971″

      .. and teaching cretinology in place of biology!

      Which idiot invites cretinologists to discuss medical and family planning issues with teenagers as sex education?

  2. That principle needs to be doxed and fired. He tried to mess with her education, deny her hard-fought education opportunities. That’s amazing.

    The principle is male. I think that matters. It’s a man trying to destroy or limit a young woman’s future because she will not accept sexual harassment. At the next Rally For Reason, I’d like to review our policy on throwing rocks. I really think it’s called for in this situation.

    • In reply to #10 by Virgin Mary:

      Yes, Christians. Sex is pure evil and you will go to hell for indulging in it. So please, if you really love your God you must STOP PROCREATING!

      If I remember early christianity correctly that was the message jeebus was trying to get across.

  3. If you asked ten thousand random Americans when they lost their virginity, without revealing that your motive was, then used the data to generate a statistic concerning premarital and teen sex, you’d have the overwhelming majority of people engage in premarital sex. Since most people are, in fact, religious… Then the conclusion I’d reach is that most religious people engage in premarital sex. So, when a religious person starts talking in this direction, the first question I ask is “So, when did YOU lose your virginity?”

    So SHUT THE FUCK UP. Stop trying to control everyone when you clearly couldn’t control yourself (Bristol Palin)….

  4. Abstinence only is proven to be worse even than saying nothing at all. What does work is teaching how to use condoms. Anyone who has ever taken a safe sex course knows how UN-sexy it is. Fiddling with latex is somewhat of a turn off. Stenzel is not just wrong, she is killing people with her lies.

  5. Every time I read some news about preachers who visit and give lectures in American schools, together with the comments from conservative politicians of the same nationality, I’m petrified. It reminds me of my early teens in Spanish schools, in the late 1950s, when we had to hear similar nonsense. I’d like to know if someone could inform me if these “lectures” are compulsory in XXI century US.

  6. The comments from the article are priceless. I like the one that “he’s gonna call Wellesley and report her as a feminist.” Ha ha ha! What a little, little man. I’ve forgotten his name already. Wellesley already tweeted reiterating her acceptance. I expect great things from Katelyn Campbell. She’s got that power look already.

  7. Listening to as much of the recording of the high school harpy as I could take, I was reminded of something from the Four Horsemen video and other occasions. So I googled “strident”, the first 9 hits were dictionary definitions, but the tenth and last on the page was what I was looking for to use here … :) … “Interview: Richard Dawkins -’People say I’m strident’ | Science | The Guardian”, from an interview in which R.D. says, “Yes, yes, I know. I know. People say I’m shrill and strident. … You’re not allowed to criticise it (religion). And therefore, if you offer even a fairly mild criticism, it really does sound strident, because it violates this expectation that religion is out of bounds”.

    “Shrill and Strident”, definition: That which P. Stenzel embodies.

  8. How come people like Pam Stenzel are allowed into schools when what they say is actually quite damaging? Aren’t there laws against it? I thought there was total separation of church and state there?

    • In reply to #24 by thebaldgit:

      good to see a high-schooler prepared to take on authority of such bigoted views.

      It is.

      Unfortunately it is a sad indication that that she had to – because the the management and the whole administration, was so cretinously incompetent at delivering the education service the the were being paid to provide, and could only provided bigoted ingnorance as a substitute – thus trying to ensure that their students were unprepared for adult life!
      Perhaps its part of a system for providing a supply of sexually disabled paedophile priests!

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