“We absolutely need to have more conversations with out kids about what is healthy sex and what is totally unacceptable behavior, states Michele Ybarra of the Center for Innovative Public Health, whose shocking new study reveals that date rape and sexual coercion has become epidemic among young people ages 14-21. In fact it found that nearly 1 out of 10 people interviewed in the age group reported that they had been forced to kiss, touch or be touched by someone that they did not want to have physical contact with.
“I don’t get creeped out very often, but this was wow,” remarked Ybarra, who added that 3 out of 4 victims stated that they were “in a romantic relationship with the perpetrator, while the rest were friends or acquaintances.”
Another chilling fact was that abusers often boasted about their actions and/or posted video images of the people they had sex with on various social media websites.
Tactics used to coerce victims included verbal threats and pressure, getting someone high on drugs or alcohol, as well as physically force. Even more disgusting was that most of the attackers blamed they victims for all or part of their abuse, while they hardly ever faced any consequences for their actions. The study also showed that many of the offenders admitted to viewing violent acts of pornography at one time or another.