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New Study Finds Alarming Rate of Sexual Coercion Among Teens, Young Adults

According to the study, “links between perpetration and violent sexual media are apparent."

A new study finds that almost one in ten teens and young adults admit to forcing someone into some form of sexual activity. Even more surprising: 50 percent of perpetrators blame the victim for the incident.

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Legal Wrap: State Detains Pregnant Woman, Catholic Bishops Meddle With Health-Care Benefits

A case in Wisconsin further illustrates the recent trend of states policing pregnant women in the name of fetal rights, and it would appear the U.S. Catholic bishops had a role in the federal government shutdown.

A case in Wisconsin further illustrates the recent trend of states policing pregnant women in the name of fetal rights, and it would appear the U.S. Catholic bishops had a role in the federal government shutdown.

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Should a 13-Year-Old and Her 12-Year-Old Partner Really Be Considered Sex Offenders?

Let's take a moment to consider what is wrong with our age of consent laws.

The Utah Supreme Court heard arguments last Tuesday in an appeals case involving a 13-year-old girl who had “consensual sex” with her then-12-year-old boyfriend and ended up an accused sex offender.

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Sexting Teens Are Having Sex?!? It’s Not Exactly Big News

A new study in Pediatrics found sexting teens are more likely to be sexually active than their non-sexting peers. Before we lock up our teens or their smartphones, it’s important to note that this study found a correlation. It did not find that sexting leads to sex.   

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Sexual Health Roundup: Parents Still Have Heads in the Sand on Teen Sex

A new book examines parents attitudes about their own teens sexual behavior; the New York Times looks at the life of Mary Fisher, an HIV-positive mother of two who spoke passionately at the RNC convention in 1992; and scientists look at a new immune deficiency syndrome that is not contagious.

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New Survey Sheds Light on Americans’ Attitudes about Teen Pregnancy and Sex

This week, the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy released With One Voice 2012, America’s Adults and Teens Sound Off About Teen Pregnancy. This survey tells us quite a bit about the roles parents play in the sexual decision-making of young people, how young people and adults feel about sexuality education, what they think about contraception, and the power of the media.

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Lights, Camera, Action: Study Suggests Sex in Movies Predicts Early Sexual Debut Among Teens

New research suggests that seeing sex in movies early is a predictor of early sexual debut and riskier sexual behavior among teens. The authors suggest that we should limit young people’s viewing of sex in movies. Maybe, but I for one have a hard time believing that simply keeping them out of the theaters is the answers. 

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Sexual Health Roundup: HPV Vaccines Protect “the Herd,” FDA Approves In-Home HIV Test, and More on Sexting and Teens

In this week’s sexual health roundup: new research suggests that the HPV vaccine lowers the likelihood of HPV in both the young women who have had them and others in their communities; the FDA approves the first completely in-home HIV test but some worry about its potentially high rate of false-negatives; and the latest addition to research on teens and sexting finds those who sext are more likely to have had sex. 

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No News Is Not Necessarily Good News: 2011 YRBS Reveals Little Change in Teen Sexual Behavior

The CDC’s biennial survey of high school students came out today and once again it found no change in sexual risk behaviors among young people.  This means that after a decade of progress (between 1991 and 2001) nothing has changed in over a decade. Clearly, we could be doing better. 

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Legislating Teen Sex: What’s (Terribly) Wrong With Our Age of Consent Laws

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Age of consent laws are meant to protect young people from exploitation by adults but in too many instances they send 18-year-old boys to jail for having consensual sex with their 15-year-old girlfriends. The boys then end up on sex offender registries for life along side rapists and pedophiles. Should we really be legislating teen sex?

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