Group Sex Among Boston Area Teens

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A study by the Boston University School of Public Health (report available by subscription here) found that teenage girls who participated in group sex were more likely to have seen pornography or been the victim of abuse as a child. This is for the age group from 14 to 20. One out of thirteen of the females surveyed had participated, either willingly or unwillingly in a group sex encounter. More than half reported they were pressured into it.

The average age at which the first multiple partner event happened was 15.6 years old, and the encounters ranged from rape situations all the way through fully consentual participation.

Besides the obvious criminal nature of even mutually agreed sex for those under the age of majority, there is a concern about what influences these young women to engage in such acts, especially with the risks of disease transmission or pregnancy. Condoms were frequently not used by one or more participants. The question researchers want to know is how such activities become so commonplace – are the young women “groomed” by pornography or their own peers? Is the sex meant to resolve peer-community pressures or gain status?

Arguably, this study reflects an urban problem of hypersexuality, but just because the study was limited to young women in the Boston area, it cannot be assumed that the activity isn’t mirrored to some degree elsewhere.

The authors do mention that “sex parties” have been seen elsewhere as a normal activity among a subset of teens. These are not always multiple-partner situations, but may be many couples at the same location.

The larger question about a generational shift in sexual standards, perhaps driven by the Internet and access to pornography (a “normalization” process) was not answered directly. The study found a strong association between participants and pornography, but do not claim a causative relationship.

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