a few paragraphs:
In the study, Markham and colleagues defined sexual intercourse as vaginal, oral or anal sex. According to their research, by age 12, 12 percent of students had already engaged in vaginal sex, 7.9 percent in oral sex, 6.5 percent in anal sex and 4 percent in all three types of intercourse.
More than one-third of youth in the study reported engaging in precoital touching behaviors. Among the students who engaged in precoital behavior, 43 percent reported having engaged in sexual intercourse.
the numbers aren’t huge, but are still horribly high when we consider that these are young teens (really, “by age 12”!). i’m actually surprised that the percentage for vaginal sex is higher than the percentage for oral sex.
talking about sex and sexuality with middle school kids can be awkward and giggle-festy. but we have to go there. and we have to give them more than a “just say no” instruction.
what are you doing in your middle school ministry to talk about sex and sexuality?
(btw: i still think good sex 2.0 is the best sexuality curriculum i have seen for youth ministry — really great stuff).