Posted on 29-Jun-2013
After a refreshing break, participants were amazed as Peter, the organizing team leader, spoke about the power of the media as well as the way the media uses popular icons such as Leonardo DiCaprio and Daniel Craig to promote certain products and brands in both movies and advertisements.
However, the biggest lesson learnt must have been assistant leader, Patience’s session on pornography. Using the classic example of putting stones into a transparent jug full of water, she explained that the stones represented the scenes in porn. By putting these stones into the jug, the water that overflows symbolizes the loss of innocence in a person’s mind. She said that the impact was so profound that even if you take out the stones from the jug, you will never be able to fully recover as the “images would be scarred unconsciously at the back of your mind”.
Towards the end, the team addressed current day issues like sex before marriage and welfare dependence for adults. While engaging in sex may be exhilarating and fun, the youths were led to believe that the consequences of premarital sexual involvements were very severe.
At the end of the workshop, youths were invited to sign a sexual abstinence pledge card. While some people hesitated to pick up cards at the start, almost all of the pledge cards prepared by the team was signed on the spot. When prompted for feedback, 18 year-old participant Ernest Chin believed that premarital sex was indeed a “dangerous and sinful act”.