Unformatted text preview: - tunnel. ' 502. Part IV I Social Inequality 1' I Groups like the Coalition for the Rights of Sex Workers—shown here—have been organizing to fight forms of exploitation and oppression. (GP/Paul Chiasson} ‘sexual exploitation: was also included, making it an
offence for an adult to have any sexual contact with boys
or girls ages 14 to 18, where a relationship of trust or
authority exists (teachers, coaches, etc). The law added
that consensual sex with those 12 to 14 ‘may not be an
offence’ if the accused is under 16 and less than two
years older than the complainant. This clearly attempted
to reflect some of the trends in early sexual engagement
among teenagers today. Sexual Activity among Youth Findings from the National Longitudinal Survey of
Children and Youth in Canada revealed that an esti-
mated 12 per cent of boys and 13 per cent of girls have
had sexual intercourse by the age of 15 (Garriguet,
2005; Statistics Canada, 2005c). The study also found
that characteristics associated with early sexual activity
differed for boys and girls. That is, the odds of early
intercourse among girls were high for those who at 12 or
13 had reached puberty, or were not overweight, but also For girls whose selflesteern was weak at ages 12 and 13.
In regards to selfeesteem, the opposite was true for boys.
The association between smoking and early intercourse
was also strong. Furthermore, for girls, having tried
drinking alcohol by the age of 12 or 13 was also associ»
ated with having intercourse by age 15, while drinking
alcohol was not associated widl boys’ sexual activity (Sta—
tistics Canada, 2005c). Girls in the eastern provinces and
Quebec were more likely to report being sexually active
than those in Ontario and the western provinces (Garv
riguet, 2005). Boys with poor relationships with their
parents were more likely to report early sexual activity.
A study of teenagers” perception of parental disap-
proval of their initiation of sexual intercourse found that
well over half of the 2,353 Grade 10 and 12 student:
interviewed anticipated parental disapproval of their
behaviour, but about 44 per cent of the total had had
sexual intercourse nonetheless (Hampton et al., 2005 r.
Coincidentally, a report by the Vanier Institute of the
Family found that Canadian adults under the age of 3.: ...
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