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Sexuality 502 - tunnel 502 Part IV I Social Inequality 1 I...

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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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