Girls' teenage years 'a misery'
Nine out of 10 girls aged 14 and 15 claim to have suffered depression, with 6% saying life was "not worth living", a poll for Bliss magazine has found.
BBC, UK, February 24, 2005
Top sources of stress were the pressure to look good (94%), school work (84%), bullying (67%) and broken homes (52%).
Almost a third said they had harmed themselves, usually because they were "confused" or "no-one was listening", and 15% had binged on drink and drugs.
The Stressed and Depressed? survey polled 2,000 girls aged 14 and 15.
Just 32% said they felt "greatly loved" by their parents, and two thirds said they thought life was emotionally easier when their parents were young.
Some 30% revealed they drank alcohol every week, mainly to make themselves feel better.
Almost 20% said they had no-one to talk to about problems, while 68% said their friends were "the only ones who will listen".
Bliss editor Lisa Smosarski said: "Teenage girls are expected to cope with a cocktail of broken homes, endless school work, emotional pressures and the availability of drink and drugs.
"It's a cocktail that is seriously damaging the psyche of teenage girls."
She added: "Many parents now treat their children as their 'best friends', whereas most teenagers want a solid mother and father figure.
"Most parents are oblivious to the damage being done to their children."
VANCOUVER - Canada's largest study into the sexual exploitation of street kids and runaways has shattered some myths about who the abusers might be - with the most surprising finding being that many are women seeking sex with young males.
"Some youth in each gender were exploited by women with more than three out of four (79 per cent) sexually exploited males reporting exchanging sex for money or goods with a female," said Elizabeth Saewyc, associate professor of nursing at the University of British Columbia and principal investigator for the study conducted by Vancouver's McCreary Centre Society.
"I must admit it wasn't something we were expecting."
After Plymouth case shocked the nation, police say number of women abusing children
The Guardian UK and The Observer
4 October 2009
Researchers from the Lucy Faithfull Foundation (LFF), a child protection charity that deals with British female sex offenders, said its studies confirmed that a "fair proportion" of child abusers were women. Donald Findlater, director of research and development, said results indicated that up to 20% of a conservative estimate of 320,000 suspected UK paedophiles were women.
Associated Press / Fox News
MORRISTOWN, N.J. — A 35-year-old seventh-grade teacher was charged with having sex with one of her students at least 20 times at the teacher's home.
Jodi Thorp, 35, surrendered to authorities Monday on charges of aggravated sexual assault, aggravated sexual contact and endangering the welfare of a child. Prosecutors claim she had sex with the boy at her Mendham home between June 2001 and September 2002. The boy is now 15.
Had intercourse with 2 teenagers
Pleads guilty to incest charges
A Kitchener woman has pleaded guilty to having sexual intercourse with her two teenage sons on separate occasions.