27 percent of girls in secondary special education say that they were forced to engage in sexual acts at least once, compared to around 7 percent of girls in mainstream education, Rutgers and Soa Aids Netherlands reported on Thursday. This concerns pupil from so-called cluster 4 schools, intended for children with serious behavioral problems or mental health problems, NU.nl reports.
Rutgers and SOA Aids Nederland are launching a new online campaign on Wednesday, World Contraception Day, aimed to also draw men's attention to contraception. According to the organizations, most of the responsibility of not becoming pregnant currently lies with women, while men are equally responsible for pregnancy, RTL Nieuws reports.
As more European countries are implementing laws under which sex without explicit consent is considered rape, calls are sounding in the Netherlands to introduce a similar law.
Sweden implemented a law on July 1st which states that you have to ask permission before having sex. If the other person does not give explicit permission, you can be convicted of rape. Earlier this week Spain announced that it will soon introduce a similar law.
A massive 22 percent of women in the Netherlands dealt with sexual violence at least once in their lives, according to a study by Rutgers. 11 percent of them were raped. Among men 6 percent fell victim to sexual violence, including 1 percent who were raped, NU.nl reports.
Dutch young people become sexually active at a later age than five years ago. In 2012 half of Dutch youths had sex by the time they were 17.1 years old, compared to 18.6 years in 2017, according to a major study titled Sex before your 25th. But while teens are waiting longer before becoming physically sexually active, the number of young people participating in sexting doubled, NU.nl reports.
Two thirds of Dutch 9 to 12 year olds are regularly confronted with graphic, sexual images online, according to research by Rutgers knowledge institute and broadcaster NOS. A quarter of these pre-teens regularly see images and footage of real sex. Rutgers director Ton Coenen calls for schools and parents to pay more attention to sexual education.
A quarter of Dutch believe that if a woman dresses sexy, she should not complain when she hears sexual comments, according to a survey by research firm Ipsos on behalf of Rutgers, a knowledge center on sexuality. And 13 percent believe that girls who wear short skirts should not complain when they are harassed, AD reports.
Experts feel that high schools should standardly offer education about sexual diversity to boys, so that they can learn to treat girls and women with respect