How do you write about something that people are afraid to see? How do you expose an undermining, but insidious, practice? How do you change peoples’ minds? How does a civilization heal from the wounds of abuse?
Global research on non-consensual sex and teenage pregnancy found that cultural prioritization of male sexual pleasure contributed to the rate of teenage pregnancy. Studies showed that young women are subject to emotional pressure and manipulation to consent to sex, and experience high levels of sexual violence including coercive control that limits a teenage girl’s ability to retain autonomy over her sexual intimacy or her use of contraception.
The international evidence found direct links between teenage pregnancy and non-consensual sex with two strong predictors:
1. history of childhood sexual abuse and;
2. current intimate partner violence.
The study concluded that the cultural norm of a male’s sense of entitlement is directly related to teenage pregnancy rates.
Tami Boehle-Satterfield, MSW, LCSW-C, NBBCH, HTP, a licensed psychotherapist in Boulder Colorado at attentiontoliving.com has challenged herself in 2016 to post weekly about the unpopular topic of abuse. Learn more about Tami at attentiontoliving.com