Adolescent Sexual Initiation


A 2000 report titled “A Portrait of Adolescent Health in the Caribbean”, sponsored by PAHO, surveyed over 15 000 adolescents between the ages of 10-18 from 9 Caribbean countries. 22% of female adolescents indicated they had had sexual intercourse. Of these 22%, nearly half of the girls (47%) indicated that their first sex was forced or somewhat forced.

  • Does this surprise you?
  • What are some of the implications of these figures?
  • If this report came out in 2000, what do you think the situation is like in 2011? Better? Worse?

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