I'm doing a lot of studying and prep for a talk I'm doing on Sunday at FBCCS called "Youth Culture: Challenges and Opportunities" (more on that later!).  Part of my talk is on sex and sexuality in youth culture.  Here are some stats on teen sexual activity I pulled from the book Youth Culture 101 by Walt Mueller (every decent youth worker should have a copy!).  Check them out:

1.  Among high schoolers, 34% of 9th graders, 43% of 10th graders, 51% of 11th graders, and 63% of 12th graders have had sexual intercourse.

2.  80% of college students ages 18-24 have had sexual intercourse.

3.  20% of children ages 12-14 have had sexual intercourse.

4.  36% of teenagers ages 16-18 have sexual intercourse in their own homes.

5.  21.4% of high school students have had sex with 4 or more partners by the time they graduate.

6.  ~75% of all teenagers have engaged in oral sex by the time they are 19 years old.

Shocking?  Or do these numbers resonate with your experience in YM?- Tim B.


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