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Teens Having Group Sex - Without Condoms - Before the Age of Consent

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Kids under 16 are experiencing group sex under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

According to the Journal of Urban Health: Bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine, “One in 13 teenage girls, aged 14 to 20, reported having a group-sex experience.” Boston University School of Public Health researchers “surveyed 328 females who had utilized a Boston-area community or school-based health clinic, to explore whether they had ever had sex with multiple partners — either consensual or forced.” Here are the disturbing results of their investigation:

Young women who engaged in multiple-person sex, or MPS (defined on a continuum from gang rape to sex parties) were “more likely to have been exposed to pornography and childhood sexual abuse than their peers” and “also were more likely to report cigarette smoking, dating violence victimization, or ever being diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease.” While it’s true that only 7.3% of the young women surveyed had participated in MPS, of those who were involved in group sex, “more than half reported being pressured to engage in the group-sex situation,” according to a press release. Additionally, “Forty-five percent reported a lack of condom use by a male participant during the most recent group-sex encounter.”

Most importantly, researchers found that “the average age of the first group-sex experience was 15.6 years old …. One-third reported using alcohol or drugs prior to their most recent experience, but half of those girls reported that their alcohol or drug use was not voluntary, indicating that they were “liquored up” or drugged by their sexual partner” and “the majority of MPS-experienced girls in this sample reported being pressured, threatened, coerced, or forced to participate in MPS at least once.”

As Margaret Hartmann at Jezebel noted simply, “The age of consent is 16 in Massachusetts, so the majority of these young women had been raped.” Researchers put the same notion more delicately, saying, “More than half (54%) of those teens were younger than 16 when they had a group-sex experience, which in Massachusetts would mean that their sexual partners were violating state law regarding the age of consent.”

I was 16 years old when I willingly lost my virginity, and while I had smoked a few cigarettes by then and did drink with friends sometimes, the only porn I’d ever seen was in Playboy. Though I can’t imagine what growing up in the shadow of Internet porn is like, I know being pressured into group sex is nothing new. When I was 13, a friend of mine decided to have some boys over, and they encouraged us to drink. I remember guzzling something clear – I think it was gin – I swallowed it right out of the jug. I was buzzed and uncomfortable with the sexual tension lingering in the air, so I went into my friend’s room and pretended to be asleep. I perked up when I heard one of the guys say to another, “Hey, Carolyn’s asleep. Let’s go [bleep] her.”

Thank God they didn’t bleep me that day. (Nor did they bleep my friend.) In hindsight, maybe we were lucky. The study authors note, “Group sex among youth is an important public health topic that has received very little attention to date. 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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