Key Quotes - Sex

Key Quotes - Sex

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Last update: Wednesday 23rd October
 
According to conservative estimates, of the $20 billion generated by prostitution world-wide, more than $5 billion comes from child prostitution. It has been estimated that one million children are victimised by the sex tourist industy every year.
SexThe Universe - 4th July 2004
 
The Broadcasting Standards Commission reports that 66 per cent of children said they had seen a video or TV programme that they felt contained too much sex, and 64 per cent they kept on watching.
SexGood News - July 2004
 
The Teenage Pregnancy Unit has reported that teenage pregnancies in England and Wales have risen by more than 1,720 in 12 months. Teenage birth rates in Britain are the highest in western Europe. Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STIs) are on the increase.
Despite investing 60 million to tackle the issue, the figures continue to rise.
SexChristian Herald - 3rd July 2004
 
A representative from the Church of Sweden spoke out at H&M's general meeting in Stockholm about the objectification of women in their advertisements.
A member of Church of Sweden Women, said "We want to promote equality in the companies where we are joint owners. They exhibit women as objects and have a sexualised view of women in posters and advertisements. This especially affects young women, working on their identitiy as females.
SexChristian Herald - 3rd July 2004
 
The latest annual figures show an average annual rise of 0.7 per cent in under 18 conceptions, and highest rises paradoxically in areas where special government programmes have been set up to address the issue: Oxfordshire (7.3 per cent), Cornwall (14.6 per cent), Torbay (22 per cent).
SexChristian Herald - 29th May 2004
 
In 1970 only 29 per cent of females aged 15-19 had premarital sex. By 1991, the figure shot up to 54 per cent. The greatest increase was among the youngest teens. In 1970, fewer than 5 per cent of 15 year olds had experienced sex. That soared five fold to 26 per cent by 1988."
There were only 59,000 births to unmarried teens in 1950 which skyrocketed ten fold to 522,000 by 1990. And there were 364,000 abortions to teenagers in 1990, but hardly any before 1970.
SexEvangelicals now - June 2004
 
Two major studies, by Columbia University and Yale University, followed up 12,000 young people who had pledged to remain virgins until they were married, and found:
88 per cent of those who made a public pledge had sex before marriage - only 12 per cent kept the pledge.
The rate of sexually transmitted diseases was virtually the same among those who had made the pledge and those who hadn't.
A much higher rate of abstinence-pledging young people had unprotected sex without a condom (60 per cent) as opposed to he general population (40 per cent).
Although the abstinence pledge did not seem to stop most young people from having pre-marital sex. It did mean they waited longer before becoming sexual active - by 18 months on average.
When large numbers of school students made the promise together - 30 per cent or more of the student body - the failure rate was much higher than when those who made the pledge were a smaller minority.
SexChristian Herald - 5th June 2004
 
The number of babies that were aborted on grounds of disability rose by approximately 8 per cent between 2001 and 2003 in the UK, according to the latest figures made available for Office of National Statistics.
The shocking figures released show that 1,863 abortions were carried out for this reason in 2002, compared with just over 1,700 for the previous year.
SexThe Universe - 6th June 2004
 
The government's declared aim is to reduce teenage pregnancies by 15% by the end of this year, and 50% by 2010. But official figures just released show that year-on-year the number of teenage pregnancies in England rose by more than 800 during the same period that the government spent 15million trying to reduce them. The government's Teenage Pregnancy Unit reported 38,439 pregnancies among 15-18 year olds in 2001, of which nearly half were aborted, compared with 39,286 for 2002.
SexThe Universe, May 9 2004
 
The UK has the highest teen pregnancy rates in Europe, and in some areas, infection from STD's has risen by 30% among 16 to 19 year olds. One in eight girls aged 16 are reported to have taken the morning after pill. Also in England 40,000 teenagers a year seek treatment for STI's.
SexYouthwork magazine, June 2004
 
North Staffordshire's teenage pregnancy rate has fallen by 10% in five years but it is still running at between a third and half above the national average.
SexThe Sentinel, June 7 2004
 
Cases of syphilis rose by 870 per cent between 1992 and 2002 in the UK, chlamydia by 139 per cent, and gonorrhea by 106 per cent - with the largest increase being among under-25s.
SexThe Baptist Times - 13th May 2004
 
Children are becoming more ignorant about the risks of catching HIV/Aids, putting them in increasing danger, research revealed today. New surveys of more than 140,000 young people across the UK found an alarming decline in the knowledge of 12 to 15 year olds about the killer disease.
Earlier this year the Health Protection Agency reported that cases of HIV increased by 20 per cent in just one year, saying that unsafe sex was the driving force behind the rise.
SexThe Sentinel - Date unknown
 
After three years of decline in the number of teenagers becoming pregnant they have again increased by 2.2 per cent to 41,868 in 2001-2.
Family planning groups rejected the study, claiming that teenage pregnancy rates had fallen by up to 15 per cent since 1998.
SexThe Church of England Newspaper - 8th April 2004
 
A recent survey by the Office for National Statistics, showed that almost one in four girls aged 16 and 17 in Britain takes the pill.
SexScottish Catholic Observer - 9th April 2004
 
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