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Study Finds New Trend in Group Sex Among Teenage Girls

Study Finds New Trend in Group Sex Among Teenage Girls

As a youth worker who spends a lot of time with teenage girls, I’m rarely shocked by the sexual experimentation teens engage in. I’ve heard it all, but a new study from Boston University’s School of Public Health reveals a new trend that even I found shocking.

The study found that 1 in 13 teenage girls aged 14-20 years old had been involved in a group-sex experience.†Even more disturbing (but not too altogether shocking), more than half of those who had reported engaging in group-sex were pressured or forced to do so. In fact, the majority of teen girls who had experienced group-sex reported being pressured, threatened, coerced, or forced to do so at least once.

Here are some additional findings from those teen girls who reported being involved in group-sex:

  • 45% reported a lack of condom use by a male participant
  • 21% had had multiple group-sex encounters
  • One-third had used alcohol or drugs prior to their most recent experience (half saying that their alcohol or drug use was not voluntary)
  • 54% of teens were younger than 16 (meaning in Massachusetts their sexual partners were violating state laws regarding age of consent)

The study also found a strong association between exposure to pornography and group-sex experience. Those teen girls who had seen pornography in the past month were approximately five times as likely as those who had not seen pornography to report ever having had a group-sex experience.

Clearly there needs to be more research regarding group-sex among teenagers as it is happening, and more often than not with girls under 16 who are being forced to do so. Need there be any more proof that comprehensive sexual education should be a mandated requirement for all teenagers?

What do you think? Were you surprised by the study’s findings?

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11:59AM PDT on Mar 10, 2013

could they please just call it what it is? "being forced into sex" is rape.
just call it rape, because calling it anything else misleading and an attempt to downgrade the seriousness of the situation.

the more kids have access to porn online, the more the sexual assaults climb.

5:28PM PST on Mar 10, 2012

I am shocked and very sad for these young, misguided girls. It is actually sickening to me, for their future reliving of it.

9:57AM PST on Feb 17, 2012

dvsDvdv

9:04AM PST on Feb 12, 2012

Why again is the interest totally in how the victims protect themselves rather than looking at the perpetrators. Looking at how many girls have viewed porn prior to being 'coerced/forced' into group sex is truly locking the door after the horse has bolted. Given the average age boys are accessing internet porn where rape is portrayed as fun for the girl, we are really allowing an industry to make money legitimately out of the misery of very very young girls.

10:08PM PST on Jan 2, 2012

It's sad, but I'm not surprised. The envelope keeps getting pushed. But seriously? The new Transformers movie depicts this woman as this stupid sex object to be used as a toy, and it's geared for what, 3rd grade boys? Then we wonder why these same kids turn into teenagers and coerce their peers to be toys. Where is the responsibility of the general public? Parents? And coercion = force. Forced sex = rape. Charges need to be put on those who do this, and it doesn't matter if it's a 16 year old. Rape is rape.

10:18PM PST on Dec 28, 2011

Parents with teenage kids need to be more careful and educate them regarding the effects of having unprotected sex.

8:37PM PST on Dec 27, 2011

This is truly alarming...but NOT REALLY...as we have come to normalize all manner of aberrant and abhorrent behaviours. We protect everyones rights but in essence protect no one.

Here is a perfect example...using children's toy dolls to reenact pornography in a sex centric tabloid and offering it in bulk in Libraries...
this is NOT ABOUT CENSORSHIP...just COMMON SENSE AND DECENCY
....please sign this pettion to protect Children's Rights to an real childhood with innocence.
http://apps.facebook.com/petitions/1/stop-theft-of-childhood-innocence/

11:37AM PST on Dec 27, 2011

thanks

7:26AM PST on Dec 27, 2011

Not good. Thanks for sharing.

11:47PM PST on Dec 26, 2011

Surprising.

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