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Awful Study: Nearly 1 in 10 Teens Admit to Coercing Someone Into Unwanted Sexual Activity

In a study conducted in 2010 and 2011, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention polled just over a thousand high school and college-aged people about whether or not they’d ever “kissed, touched, or done anything sexual with another person when that person did not want you to?” A staggering nine percent said yes. Eight percent said they’d kissed someone they knew didn’t want to be kissed. Three percent convinced someone to give into sex. Three percent attempted to rape someone else, and two percent actually followed through with the rape.

This study is nearly unprecedented and though the sampling is small (researchers caution that they didn’t poll enough people for the results to be definitive), the results are ghastly. Perhaps even worse is that, when asked who was to blame, nearly half of the perpetrators felt the victim was completely at fault. Also surprising is that, while boys are more likely to coerce girls into sex at a younger age, genders are nearly equally at fault by the time they turn 18. There are a lot of numbers in the study and nearly all of them are bad, but they are all a warning sign that something is very wrong with our idea of sexuality …

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