Monday, July 11, 2005

And The Survey Says...

More Younger Children Are Having Sex (in South Africa).


As if abstinence and education initiatives needed a selling point over condoms plans, here are just some of the things this article had to say:
The study involved 269 905 pupils in Grades 6 to 11 in all language groups, across a range of schools and from all nine provinces.

One out of every three children is having sex at the age of 10, and 17 out of 100 will deliberately spread the virus if they know they are HIV-positive.

One in 10 said they believed sex with a virgin could cure HIV/Aids.

Two out of 10 pupils did not believe condoms prevented pregnancy or other sexually transmitted diseases. (Emphasis mine)
For the last time... pregnancy is NOT a sexually transmitted disease. No wonder people are confused about these issues when the media speaks like this.

The article also shows how generally unhealthy attitudes in South Africa have become regarding sexuality, manifested in rampant sexual abuse and rape problems and the mental harm stemming from these. It also did much to debunk a few theories commonly used to explain away these problems, pointing out that while many adult abusers were themselves abused, not so many as one may think of people who are abused grow up to be abusers. The analysis is that the culture fuels the problems, through media and weak schools, making sex too casual and misunderstood. The conclusion: "Education on sexuality, HIV and Aids, creating attitudes of empowerment and growth and developing a transformational mindset were the keys to moving forward."


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