The summer before Katey Tryon’s senior year of high school, she got pregnant. Recently split from her boyfriend, she was sad and vulnerable when she hooked up with her older brother’s friend. They had sex once. Six weeks later, she was tired and her period was late.
“It was terrifying,” Tryon said. “I’m from a small town in Oregon. My parents are pillars in the community. I was born and raised here, fourth generation. So my sin was very apparent.” Tryon’s parents, both believers, rallied around her. Abortion was out of the question. Two days before high school graduation, Tryon gave birth to a girl and gave her up for adoption.
Tryon enrolled in a Christian college in Portland, determined to turn her life around, but still felt vulnerable. “I started dating a guy who embraced me for what I had just gone through, who understood that I didn’t want to have sex until I got married,” she said.