26-year-old vows to wait until marriage before having sex

By Elise Roberts - bio | email

HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Saturday, thousands of young teen women will convene at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum for the second annual Saving Our Sisters Summit.

The empowerment seminar hopes to stifle Mississippi's growing number of teen pregnancies by teaching the importance of abstinence and safe sex.

Tiffany Galloway will be one of the speakers at the event. Galloway says she is a 26-year-old virgin.

"A lot of people don't believe it," said Galloway. "They are like, You don't look like a virgin. Or, You don't act like a virgin. But I'm asking them, How exactly does a virgin act or look?"

The life-long Gulfport resident says, from an early age, she decided to follow her Christian values and wait until marriage before having sex. Now, 26 years later, she hasn't changed her mind.

"I think the main benefit is not having to worry about STDs. I don't have to go and worry about getting tested for HIV or ever being scared am I pregnant with a baby I'm not ready for at the moment," said Galloway.

For the second time, Galloway will share her story with thousands of young Mississippi teen girls at the annual Saving Our Sisters Summit.

"I basically just tell them that's it's okay to wait," Galloway said. "The thing to do is to wait. You don't have to be like everyone else and go out and have sex and get an STD or get a baby, because you're too young for that. You're really not ready for it. If he loves you enough, he will wait. He will respect your decision. If not, he's not the one."

The second annual Saving Our Sisters Summit is this Saturday at 8 a.m. at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum. The summit is open to young ladies ages 10 and up.

Later in the evening, there will be a concert featuring American Idol winner Fantasia. The concert is open to the general public.

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