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Monday, July 11, 2005

Child sex on the rise in South Africa

From the "Society Rapidly Tumbling to its Inevitable Moral Collapse" file:
One out of every three children is having sex at the age of 10, and 17 out of 100 will deliberately spread the virus if they know they are HIV-positive. These are the findings of a comprehensive survey by the Community Information, Empowerment and Transparency (CIET Africa) in November and December 2002.
Some of the other disturbing findings included that, at 18, two out of every three children had had sex. Two out of 10 pupils did not believe condoms prevented pregnancy or other sexually transmitted diseases. One in 10 said they believed sex with a virgin could cure HIV/Aids, and one in 10 had been raped in the past year. Three out of every 100 pupils thought that girls liked sexually violent boys and one out of every 10 thought that girls who got raped, asked for it, according to the study.
The study also reached an interesting conclusion:
Public campaigns and activism, said the study, had very little impact on service provision in respect of prevention or management.
You mean the government can't just throw money at this? You mean people might actually have to stop being promiscuous and start setting decent examples for their children? Who could've guessed that?

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