While I do think Gov. Perry’s mandate does step on parent’s toes a bit, I can see why he implemented such a conservative law. There clearly is going to be a sexually transmitted disease epidemic (if there isn’t one already) with kids starting to have sex at this early of an age, and if parents can’t stop their children from having sex this young in the first place, we probably can’t expect them to be diligent enough to protect their child’s sexual health.
I remember being fearful when sports programs were cut in my hometown. I knew there would be two consequences: increased crime and increased sex and probably pregnancy and disease among teens. Kids need to be given other activities to keep them out of trouble, like having sex at too young an age. This is just one piece of the puzzle. Education is supposedly the other — but with PSAs, and sex ed classes, and all of the other methods being employed and no real improvement seen in outcomes, it’s unclear what it will take to change these statistics. But clearly, leaders need to keep experimenting until they find a solution.
Eleven is just too young. Can you imagine if it was your pre-teen?
Are these numbers shocking to you, or is this just typical pre-teen sexual experimentation? What should parents, teachers and government officials do to reverse these trends?
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Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.