Skip to comments.Study finds one in 10 Texas 6th graders have had sex
Posted on 10/18/2011 8:01:31 PM PDT by trumandogz
Children at Risk, a state policy advocate organization, published today a series of studies and articles on sex and teen pregnancy in Texas. Some of the results may shock you.
(Excerpt) Read more at blog.chron.com ...
Are we talking about 11 yo?
>>>Seeing how its Houston,
the number may be an understatement because many 12 and 13 year old immigrant Hispanics drop out because they’re pregnant and the boys drop out two years later. The girls see it as a badge of honor. The principals of the schools try to hide the scale of drop outs (or at least they use to) because the schools get less funding for dropouts. The principals try to classify the dropouts as transfers. Maybe things have changed since I last saw the statistics.
“Seeing how its Houston, most of the sixth graders are probably at least seventeen years old.”
Only in the “gifted and talented” classes.
What the heck - you start teaching kids in kindergarten or first grade about sex and what do you expect?
Of course they don’t bother to mention that more than 1 in 10 Texas 6th graders are 17 years old...
I guess next time I’ll read through the thread before putting in my 2 cents...
Let's take a look at their data.. More than 40% of respondents report using no contraception while having sex, yet the ‘teen pregnancy’ rate is expanded to ...adults, of course. 18-19 year olds who might just be starting a young family. And when you strip that away, you're left with a much less dramatic number (they start with the scare number, 127 out of a thousand MIGHT become pregnant, and then it dips down to the ‘extrapolated’ number, which shows a quarter of that (30 out of a thousand) up to 12th graders, but still missing from that are numbers of unplanned pregnancies.
But let's take it at the word.. 53% of high schoolers are supposedly having sex, 21.2% without any contraception. The number given is 800,000+, so 163,000 are having unprotected sex, and apparently, only 5,000 are getting pregnant.
The ‘current’ explained rate of chance of pregnancy for using no forms of contraception is 85% for a sexually active couple. Yet only 3% of the quoted unprotected sexual relations are resulting in pregnancies (totally ignoring those who are using contraception and failure rates of those methods - after all, the quoted failure rate for condoms is 20%...)
So, let's take it the other way... We know how many pregnancies are occurring for a specific age range (15-17) of 30 per 1000 - The majority of those have to be happening from unprotected sex, and those rates are quoted as being 85 pecent, so the actual sexually active with no protection would be...7,000. If you divide that by the 42% quoted as being unprotected, you arrive at roughly 17,000 sexually active students.
So, the crisis is either a) extraordinarily low fertility rates for America's youth, or b) students blatantly lying on their surveys. And what's worse is the 1 in ten number indicated that says that the students were raped (forced) into a sexual experience. Who knew that there were so many young rapists out there - why the jails and newspapers must be filled with dozens of stories a day about it..
I started raising rabbits to sell at age 8.
I knew what sex was, and what it was for. Or at least the rabbit version of it. ;)
How do they define “sex?” People mean different things when they say that.
It was numbers like these in Texas at risk communities that convinced Rick Perry and the Texas legislature to push for HPV virus vaccinations for teenage girls.
In some at risk demographic communities (ie inner city ghettos, and barrios), HPV and herpes is way past epidemic proportions due to irresponsible sex practices by kid at very early ages who are too young to grasp the risks of their behavior. , It's close to 80% or more in some at risk areas and it's breaking out of these high risk areas into the general public. Like herpes simplex virus there is no treatment for HPV and it causes cancer and many other serious medical conditions in women
This is a serious public health issue and as everyone knows it is hard to attack the problem from a abstinence strategy for any teenager, much less very young and ignorant inner city teens where pregnancy and STD rates are off the charts.
It is the Governor's job to deal with public health emergencies and this is a legitimate emerging health emergency. At least Perry did try to take decisive action to try to deal with the situation in the only practical, pragmatic way available to him.
The real issue is that the problem of widespread early teen sex is creating both a huge teen pregnancy rate and a huge teen STD rate for the same reason-kids, especially very young ones in 6-9th grade, are just not ready to manage their behavior.So pregnancy and STDs especially HPV and herpes, are out of control in some of the inner city communities and especially the Black community.
If look at the statistics you will be stunned, I sure was.
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