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Thursday, September 15, 2005

Teen sex problem mounting

By Greg Reeves
That's just our favorite old newspaper headline, but it fits - The CDC today released advance data from a massive study of sexual behavior of persons 15-44 in the U.S. Whew! What you may or may not want to know is here.
Since this is a crime blog, we have focused on sexual behavior known to be criminal. Age-of-consent laws vary from state to state, but nowhere is it less than 16, according to this guy and a 3-minute look at Wikipedia's exhausting age-of-consent page.
So here are the numbers on 15-year-olds (and sometimes underage 16- and 17-year-olds) having (criminal) sex: (Table may appear far down in some browsers)

                                                                                                                                     

                     
AgeVaginal IntcrsOral sex onlyOther kind of sex   onlyNo opp-sex   contact
Boys    
1524.9%13.3%5.0%56.8%
1637.3%11.7%4.3%47.0%
1746.4%14.2%2.9%36.5%
Girls0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%
1526.0%7.9%0.0%66.2%
1639.6%10.0%0.0%50.4%
1749.0%14.6%0.0%36.0%
Source: CDC Advance Data www.cdc.gov

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