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A 24-year-old secondary college instructor informed the BBC she was shocked by the tales she heard from teenage pupils about their sexual exercise.

Her frank account prompted many readers to share their issues.


Catherine: I am shocked by what I learn. The precise factor occurred to my 15-year-old daughter two years in the past. The instructor could possibly be speaking about her expertise. It was devastating.

On the time she did not realise what was taking place to her. Two years on she does perceive and he or she’s very indignant, however the harm is completed.

I might such as you to thank the instructor for talking so boldly a couple of major problem that wants addressing.


Jayne: Wow. I am in my 40s however a lot of what you wrote hit house with me. Nobody taught me any of the issues your instructor spoke about.

My mum labored late nights in a manufacturing facility. I did not know I may and will say no. I did assume it made me really feel particular. However it was crumby and awful and I am left years later considering an in any other case idyllic childhood was shadowed and scarred one way or the other by crappy encounters with crappy boys.

I really feel disgrace for it – till I learn your merchandise – possibly I might be/ought to be kinder to my youthful self. If solely ladies had been taught their self value. It is alright to say no.


Shaun: Fascinating article. I’ve simply came upon that my 14-year-old daughter has gone on the capsule and is having intercourse with a boy one yr older than her. I’ve tried speaking to her and asking whether or not she has been pressurised into having intercourse however she says she’s not.

Children (actually my one) simply wish to be an grownup however she’s not, she’s 14 and the media/buddies/social community is dictating that she needs to be sexually energetic. This can be a con and he or she’s now on the capsule pumping hormones into her physique unnecessarily.

As a father all I can do (and have performed) is ask her whether or not she is being pressured, is that this what she desires to do and is she blissful. Explaining that I can’t condone it, however I settle for it, and that I’m current and right here if/when she desires to speak to me.

Too many mother and father lose it with their daughters and push them away. Higher to just accept and be prepared for the inevitable “cry on my shoulders” that I am going to get when she realises she has made a mistake.


Jade: I used to be in the identical place and I perceive the place she is coming from however I nonetheless went with it. I regretted it as soon as I acquired house and informed my mother and father so I may get it off my shoulders.

My mother and father helped me quite a bit. It’s at all times good to inform somebody if you happen to remorse one thing after. If it will be a weight in your shoulders, inform somebody.

I did not say no, however I remorse that as a result of I have never seen or heard from him because it occurred and I do know why. He did not love me, he was solely utilizing me.


Rachel: This instructor is three years youthful than me and believes that 14-year-olds didn’t exhibit the behaviours she discusses within the article, when she was in class. This appears completely ridiculous to me.

Once I was 14, there have been boys saying these items, and worse, every single day. There was a ridiculous quantity of strain to be clean-shaven in class – and I did not even have any sexual companions.

Boys had been at all times commenting on how ladies appeared; to the purpose the place I used to be usually ridiculed for having hair on my arms.

Porn undoubtedly formed boys’ opinions then, and it shapes boys’ opinions now. However the blame cannot all go to porn. Ladies “magnificence” magazines are guilty as effectively for these absurd expectations.


Rachel, mom to 2 teenage boys: The article gives the look that boys are predatory and incapable of understanding and regulating their very own urges. I’ve discovered the alternative to be the case.

I discuss to my boys about respect, the strain younger ladies are below and that their needs are regular and wholesome, however they need to not count on these younger ladies to satisfy these needs.

They endure the occasional feminist rant with good grace. I additionally go away a couple of artwork pictures books, possibly a not too horny underwear catalogue mendacity round. Photographs of blissful wholesome smiling ladies, with pubic hair (after all).

It’d seem just a little creepy, however in my view, as mother and father it might be silly to bury our heads within the sand. Issues are undoubtedly not like after we had been rising up and porn has quite a bit to do with that.


Caitlin: That is so true and I can’t categorical how grateful I’m to the instructor who wrote this text for beginning this dialog.

I am 25 now. Nonetheless, this text displays precisely how the scenario was after I was 14, 15, 16 and clearly nothing has modified. The unhappy factor is that these emotions and attitudes stick with you effectively previous your early teen years.

The quote “nearly like a validation of their look and attractiveness – or they assume it’s” actually rings true for me – not simply in school however all through my college life, and even in my early 20s I really feel this has at all times been an enormous motive I’ve felt the need to sleep with males.

By no means for my very own pleasure, however to spice up my vanity and to validate that I used to be enticing to the alternative intercourse. An extremely unhappy reality and one which I used to be solely in a position to admit to myself very lately and, after talking with buddies about it, one which appears to be true amongst many shiny and enticing younger ladies.

There actually must be some radical reform in the best way younger individuals are taught about intercourse and what intercourse schooling is targeted on. In any other case I worry that that is one thing that we are going to see increasingly inside society.


Holly: I used to be significantly struck by the subject of coercion amongst youngsters.

I’m very on this subject as I imagine it’s a monumental concern that exploded with the introduction of the web, and truly massively affected me – amongst hundreds of different ladies – by my teenage years and even to this present day.

I at the moment work in a faculty and I’m desirous about how we might help the present era of younger ladies so they’re as protected as attainable from unfavorable conditions as outlined in your article.

I imagine a lot extra must be performed in colleges to coach ladies about self-respect and empowerment and wish to develop a course that could possibly be carried out in PSHE [personal, social, health and economic].


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