My wife and I abstained until marriage, but that doesn’t mean it was easy. We weren’t exactly pure either. Just because you don’t do “it” doesn’t mean you are somehow “in the clear” if you made a commitment to abstain and still did things close to sex.
I could see why people with even less self-control on that issue could frankly go all the way. I know many who did and are pregnant now.
We never did a stupid pledge. We just knew we wanted to wait for religious reasons. I think the pledge thing is almost a joke, and it really isn’t helpful. Virtually nobody signing those dumb things actually keeps it.
I'm sure they'd all like to believe that ~ "newsies" do like their "unsafe sex" and all.
And that's the real point ~ look, back in the old days pranksters and whores would put up names with phone numbers in public phonebooths. These days all you gotta' do is call a reporter!