More school teens turn on to sex
17 March 2005, AMSTERDAM — Almost 20 percent of young Dutch women, aged 12 to 25, have at one time been forced to have sex against their will, according to a new survey. Five percent of males in the same age categories reported a similar occurrence.
17 March 2005
AMSTERDAM — Almost 20 percent of young Dutch women, aged 12 to 25, have at one time been forced to have sex against their will, according to a new survey. Five percent of males in the same age categories reported a similar occurrence.
Researchers quizzed 4,901 young people about their sexual behaviour between the ages of 12 and 25 for the survey "seks onder je 25e" (Sex before your 25th).
The work was a joint project between several organisations including the national health board GGD, anti-STD organisation Soa Aids Nederland and the Rutgers Nisso group.
It concluded that school-age teens are more sexually active when compared with young people 10 years ago. In 2005, about a third of school students in the Netherlands had experienced sex, up from a quarter 10 years ago. The 1995 survey questioned teens aged 12 to 19.
The average age people lose their virginity has remained stable at 15. Boys tend to have sex first before girls of their age, but by the age of 17, the girls are equally experienced.
Although use of the pill and condoms has increased, young people who engage in anal sex are increasingly doing so without using protection.
Researchers said this last finding was disturbing as anal sex carries an increased risk of contracting a sexually transmitted disease.
The survey also found that almost half of the respondents always used a condom when having sex with someone other than a steady partner. The figure drops to a quarter for people in a relationship.
School is by far the most important information source about sex for young people, though two thirds of boys also rely on the internet. About a third of girls said they surf the net for information on sex.
Young males and females expressed a wish for more information on how to make sex safer and easier. Boys are particularly interested in seduction techniques, while girls want to know more about pregnancy and having babies.
[Copyright Expatica News 2005]
Subject: Dutch news