I recently came across a Canadian study that explored the characteristics of victims of sexual coercion. Sexual coercion is a broad category often used by contemporary researchers to refer to the spectrum of people (men, women and transgender folks) whose experiences range from being pressured in some way either implicitly or explicitly to engage in sexual contact to people that have experienced overt violence and sexual assault.
The pervasive availability of online pornography might just be the scariest of all the relevant sexual health topics we need to be discussing with youth. When discussing porn with our youth comes up in my sessions with parents they often look both terrified and relieved to finally be talking about it.
The other day I was teaching a grade 6/7 class and in the anonymous questions I came across a particularly unique one. A person wrote that they had been finding used condoms around and that recently their 14 year old sister had bought a pregnancy test. What should I do the person asked. When I came across it I was quite surprised as this was the first question of that type I had ever received.