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A 24-year-old secondary college trainer 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 trainer 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 injury is completed.

I might such as you to thank the trainer for talking so boldly a few major problem that wants addressing.


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

My mum labored late nights in a manufacturing facility. I did not know I may and will say no. I did suppose it made me really feel particular. Nevertheless 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 will be/ought to be kinder to my youthful self. If solely ladies had been taught their self price. 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 (definitely 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 must be sexually lively. It is 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 carried out) is ask her whether or not she is being pressured, is that this what she needs to do and is she completely satisfied. Explaining that I can’t condone it, however I settle for it, and that I’m current and right here if/when she needs to speak to me.

Too many mother and father lose it with their daughters and push them away. Higher to simply accept and be prepared for the inevitable “cry on my shoulders” that I will 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 bought dwelling and informed my mother and father so I may get it off my shoulders.

My mother and father helped me rather a lot. It’s all the time good to inform somebody should you remorse one thing after. If it is going to be a weight in your shoulders, inform somebody.

I did not say no, however I remorse that as a result of I have not 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 trainer 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 at school. This appears completely ridiculous to me.

After I was 14, there have been boys saying these items, and worse, daily. There was a ridiculous quantity of strain to be clean-shaven at school – and I did not even have any sexual companions.

Boys had been all the time commenting on how ladies seemed; 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. Women “magnificence” magazines are accountable 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 other to be the case.

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

They undergo the occasional feminist rant with good grace. I additionally depart just a few artwork pictures books, possibly a not too horny underwear catalogue mendacity round. Photos of completely satisfied wholesome smiling ladies, with pubic hair (in fact).

It’d seem just a little creepy, however for my part, as mother and father it will be silly to bury our heads within the sand. Issues are undoubtedly not like once we had been rising up and porn has rather a lot to do with that.


Caitlin: That is so true and I can’t specific how grateful I’m to the trainer 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 “virtually like a validation of their look and attractiveness – or they suppose it’s” actually rings true for me – not simply at college however all through my college life, and even in my early 20s I really feel this has all the time been an enormous cause 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 engaging to the other 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 vibrant and engaging younger ladies.

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


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

I’m very on this matter as I consider it’s a monumental concern that exploded with the introduction of the web, and really massively affected me – amongst 1000’s of different ladies – by means of my teenage years and even to this present day.

I at the moment work in a college and I’m enthusiastic about how we may also help the present era of younger ladies so they’re as protected as potential from unfavorable conditions as outlined in your article.

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


Produced by Katherine Sellgren and Shayan Sardarizadeh