An upcoming episode of Nightline Prime explores the world of “purity balls,” specifically one that has been held at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs for the last 14 years. These events, which take place in 17 countries and 48 states here in the US, are focused on young girls promising to abstain from all sexual activity, including kissing, and placing their virginity under their fathers’ protection.
In a clip from the episode, one father tells his daughter:
[box type=”shadow”]“You are married to the Lord and your father is your boyfriend.”[/box]
If that’s not enough to make you a bit nauseous, the entire ball is designed like a wedding. Fathers present their daughters (all around 12 years old) with “purity rings” and even proceed to have a “first dance.”
Each father makes a pledge, similar to the one below:
[box type=”shadow”]“I, (daughter’s name)’s father, choose before God to cover my daughter as her authority and protection in the area of purity. I will be pure in my own life as a man, husband and father. I will be a man of integrity and accountability as I lead, guide and pray over my daughter and my family as the high priest in my home. This covering will be used by God to influence generations to come.”[/box]
The daughters’ part is to silently lay a white rose on a cross, symbolizing her commitment to purity before God.
The event in Colorado Springs includes more than 60 fathers and their daughters.
While the entire look of these purity balls screams creepy, the idea behind them is so much more disturbing. They remove any sense of a girl’s autonomy over her own body, essentially making her her father’s property until such time as she can become her husband’s property.
Watch a clip of the show below.
You can watch the full story on Nightline Prime (ABC) on Saturday, March 22 at 9pm ET.
h/t: Mail Online