Four in 10 teenage girls coerced into sex acts, survey finds

The Guardian is reporting a significant new survey that suggests more than four in 10 girls between the ages of 13 and 17 in England say they have been coerced into sex acts…

The survey, also carried out in Bulgaria, Cyprus, Italy and Norway found that teenage girls in England reported the highest rates of sexual coercion, with about one in five (22%) saying they had suffered physical violence or intimidation from boyfriends, including slapping, punching, strangling and being beaten with an object.

The research by the Universities of Bristol and Central Lancashire and the NSPCC found that a high proportion of teenage boys regularly viewed pornography, and one in five harboured extremely negative attitudes towards women.

The study comprised a school-based survey of 4,500 children and 100 interviews with young people across the five countries.

Dr Christine Barter, an NSPCC senior research fellow based at Bristol’s School for Policy Studies, said the findings highlighted the dangers that young children were being exposed to because of a lack of support.

“Our research findings show that across Europe violence and abuse, both offline and online, in young people’s relationships constitutes a major problem, yet in most countries it remains unrecognised, leaving young people with little support or appropriate services,” she said…

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Worrying figures – why would things be worse here than the other countries surveyed? Please let us know what you think in the comments or via Twitter…

 

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