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‘Heartbreaking’ survey: Group sex occurring among teens

12/21/2011 - 2:02 PM PST

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Author Teresa Tomeo notes porn’s role in consensual and coerced behavior

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (December 21, 2011) – A study led by a Boston University School of Public Health faculty member revealed that one in 13 teenage girls (ages 14 to 20) have had at least one group-sex experience. The survey included 328 females who had used Boston-area community or school-based health clinics.

“The study is heartbreaking,” said bestselling author Teresa Tomeo, “but given the state of our culture, it’s not exactly surprising. We can't keep flooding the airwaves and the Internet with heavy sexual content – selling the over-sexualization of women and girls through provocative advertising and TV shows – and not expect to see negative fallout.”

Among the survey’s findings:

• Twenty-one percent reported having multiple group-sex encounters.

• Those who had seen pornography in the month preceding the survey were about five times as likely to report a group-sex experience, when compared to those who had not seen porn. The researchers reported a strong association between exposure to pornography, being forced to do things their sexual partner saw in porn, and engaging in group sex. More than half of the 7.3 percent who said they had group sex reported being pressured to engage in a situation involving multiple sexual partners.

• More than half of the participants were younger than 16 when they had a group-sex encounter, which would mean their partners violated Massachusetts state law regarding the age of consent. The average age of the first group-sex experience was 15.6.

“What's very telling about this study was what the researchers referred to as a ‘strong association to pornography,’ and some involved in group sex having ‘been forced to do things that their sex partner saw in pornography,’” Tomeo said. “This shows just how strong of an influence media can be, especially in the lives of young people.

“I strongly agree with the researchers who also insist group sex among youth is an important public health topic,” she added. “Indeed parents, educators, and others working with young people need to open their eyes and start dealing with the cause-and-effect relationship between the media consumed and the activities that follow. This is another wake-up call. If we don't teach our young people Godly and appropriate behavior, if we don't monitor their media consumption, it's blatantly obvious they will be formed by the culture. How many more studies do we need to show that it's not just another movie or a web site?"

In her new book EXTREME MAKEOVER, available now from Ignatius Press, Tomeo reports on the pervasiveness of toxic, sexually oriented messages in today’s media culture. Tomeo talks about ways that women, children and families can make an “extreme makeover” to rid themselves of those messages, and the toxic images that bombard them daily, and instead embrace the truth about themselves and their dignity.

To schedule an interview with Tomeo and/or to request a review copy of EXTREME MAKEOVER, contact Tim Lilley (TLilley@MaximusMG.com) or Kevin Wandra (KWandra@MaximusMG.com) of The Maximus Group at 678-990-9032, or at the email addresses above.

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  1. abey
    2 years ago

    One way is, in the children's early stages, Parents to regulate the friendships of their Children, & form a mutual coordination among the parents themselves in guiding their wards. If the Government is adamant towards enforcing corruptive educations, then take them out of the public schools & vote/kick the government out.

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