The time for ‘talking’ has past.

This was taken from Trapper’s Swamp . The blog post was titled ‘Rise in Singapore teen sex, STI and abortion rates’.

For those of you who still think, for some reason, that abstinence-only sex education will work, the numbers will surprise you.

The number of statutory rape cases involving girls under 14 in Singapore jumped more than 70 per cent in 2009 when compared to 2008. Most of the cases were surprisingly consensual sex amongst casual friends and boyfriends, most of whom were about the same age.

STDs and abortion rates amongst teens in Singapore are also on the rise. Last year, 787 teens caught STDs, more than three times the 238 in 2002. Teenage abortions last year was 1,289.

These numbers prove that we need a more realistic approach in providing teens with the knowledge they need to keep themselves safe. Perhaps more disturbingly is this:

The cases were mostly reported by girls’ parents or teachers once they found out.

And needless to say, there are more that were not caught in the act. Think about that.

(via @theAsianparent)

The author, Callan Tham , hit home the point when he said: And needless to say, there are more that were not caught in the act. Think about that.’ There is an interesting argument going on in his blog. Please go and make your views heard. I bet he will appreciate that 🙂

This article was taken from the 6th August 2009 edition of The Straits Times , the headline is ‘Teens having sex earlier’

It is a sign of the times – More girls aged below 14 are having sex.

The police have now tabbed this as a worrying crime issue, and are trying to keep a lid on the problem.

Crime statistics issued on Wednesday for the first half of the year showed that the number of statutory rape cases involving girls under 14 jumped more than 70 per cent, to 37 cases, compared to the same period last year.

Consensual sex was often at the heart of the problem. Many of the girls had sex with casual friends and boyfriends, most of whom were about the same age.

But when the girls’ parents, or in some cases, teachers, found out, they were determined that action be taken, and reported the cases to the police, who took action.

When the cases go to court, a variety of punishments are dished out. If the culprits are youngsters themselves, they might be fined, sent for reformative training, given probation or even jailed, said Mr Patrick Tan, a lawyer in private practice.

In one case involving a 19-year-old youth and a 12-year-old girl, the teen was fined $8,000.

But if older men are involved, more severe sentences are handed down. For instance, one 32-year-old man who had sex with a 12-year-old girl he met through a friend was jailed seven years and ordered to be caned 18 times.

The girls involved in such cases are not punished, even if they initiate sex, lawyers said. But they are sometimes counselled, or sent to homes.

But beyond landing those involved in trouble with the law, teen sex also causes other problems. Many such trysts lead to unwanted pregnancies, abortions, and a rise in the number of sexually-transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV.

Last year, 787 teens caught STIs, more than three times the 238 in 2002. For HIV, the figure rose from one in 2002 to nine in 2007. The total number of teenage abortions last year was 1,289.

Terrible news isn’t it?. Its horrifying to say the least. As I applaud the parents and teachers for reporting the cases instead of covering up, and the court for punishing the offenders, I emphasised once again that punishment is the way forward.

Yes, I agree, we should educate them. But education can only go so far. Trust me on this. Teens these days have ‘stopped listening and start doing’. So I say its time we ‘stop talking and start doing’ too.

I have a close friend of mine, she got pregnant at 14, the guy refuses to even visit the baby and now the baby is being passed around. Is this what we want to see happening in the near future?.

While I’m comforted that alot of people have started voicing their opinons as witnessed in this FB Note , I believe that our main focus should be looking at how to stop a teenage couple from having sexual intercourse. We stop the sex, we stop the diseases. Like Callan, I too, thought that I was the only one concerned about this issue.

This suggestion is just off the top of my head. Please don’t quote me on this.

As I said, punishment is the way forward. But what do we do after that?. Yes. Continue to educate them. This is where I believe AWARE and MOE can step in to help. MOE should give AWARE back their sexuality programmes while going through the process of how its done. I understand that AWARE is a NGO, so it can teach and spread the message to a certain extent but nothing is impossible.

If you disagree with me, I would like to hear you arguments 🙂

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