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April 18, 2009

Study shows Jamaican girls encounter violent sexual relationships

A survey on sexual violence in Jamaica has found that as much as 49 per cent of girls aged 15-17 have experienced sexual coercion or violence.

The study, published in last month's issue of the International Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, also shows that a significant number of these girls were either persuaded or forced to participate in their first sexual experience. Continue reading here

5 comments:

Fly Girl said...

This is so disturbing but I have to say I'm not surprised. A focus on sex and the exploitation of women is an issue throughout the Diaspora.

Execumama said...

As a woman in general, and a Jamaican in particular, I do find this study disturbing. Not unlike the US, sexist/violent music that promotes the objectification of women is rampant and widely accepted. However, it's important to note that the percentages seem high, but are magnified (though certainly no less important and disheartening) because the island is relatively small.

glennishamorgan said...

This is so awful. I learned from reading StaceyAnn Chin's memoir that this is very prevalent in Jamaica. It's so sad.

Ebony Intuition said...

It's very disturbing, but Im not suprised either , this is another reason why I don't listen to dancehall music much either becuase I find the lyrics very insulting and violent towards women.

@ Execumama - "However, it's important to note that the percentages seem high, but are magnified (though certainly no less important and disheartening) because the island is relatively small."

That's true.

jenn said...

This is so disturbing!

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