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Teens In America

75% of American high school students have sex before the age of 17. Of these,

72% had sex during or before the age of 15. Of those cases, only 42% have had sex with

only one person, so far (Time 63). In this decade of AIDS and the "me" era, when more

people put off pregnancy longer and longer, why do some many people take the risk of

exposing themselves to either? Statistics show that 13% of these young people never use

birth control, and 26% use it only sometimes (Time 64). Why then, do people take such

risks with their futures and their lives? why has sexual activity run rampant? Perhaps

some of the reasons for sex among teens are not so easily seen being teenagers, many

feel betrayed by their parents and look for affection and understanding elsewhere, and

they would do anything for that feeling of love and acceptance. "Teens aren't looking for

sex, they are looking for love, acceptance, and security" (Christianity Today 28). Other

suffer from low self-esteem and feel dependent on having sexual relationships in order to

define themselves. Still others find themselves weak under pressure and don't have the

courage or the strength to simply say no.

When asked, the students themselves replied to the following reasons:

Girls Reasons Boys

80% They were curious and wanted to experiment 76%

58% They wanted to be more popular/impress their friends 58%

63% They were in love. 50%

65% They were underose they were dating. 35%

Perhaps one of the most notable causes to the reasons behind teen behavior is the

"it can

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