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Study: Alarming number of teens involved in group sex

Sex is a tough topic to talk about with teens.  It’s a charged debate in many arenas. Some parents stray away from the conversation, some schools push abstinence while others encourage safe sex.  As the debate continues, a new study points out a new area of concern.  A study done by researchers at Boston University shows teens are engaging in group sex.

The alarming statistics
One in 13 teenage girls, aged 14 to 20, reported having a group-sex experience. Of those who said they had group sex, more than half reported being pressured to engage in the group-sex situation.  The average age of the first group-sex experience was 15.6 years old.

Study shows lack of protection
Forty-five percent reported a lack of condom use by a male participant during the most recent group-sex encounter.

Multi-person sex “appeared to pose a potential risk to sexual and reproductive health, as only 55 percent of participants reported that condoms were used consistently during their most recent group sex experience,” Emily Rothman, associate professor of community health sciences at Boston University said. “The majority of girls reported being pressured, threatened, coerced, or forced to participate in group sex at least once.”

Aside from a lack of protection the study also revealed many of the girls were drinking or using drugs before engaging in this risky behavior, saying the needed to be “liquored up” for the occasion.

The research suggests more education about sexual violence may be needed in schools and at home.  Rothman believes this study should raise concern among parents, doctors and teachers.

The future
“Group sex among youth is an important public health topic that has received very little attention to date,” Rothman said. “It’s time for parents, pediatricians, federal agencies, and community-based organizations to sit up, pay attention, and take notice: group sex is happening, and we need to be prepared to address it.”

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