Girls say teenage sex campaign is 'out of touch'

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Schoolgirls have dismissed the Government's campaign to tackle the high rate of teenage pregnancy as "patronising" and "completely out of touch". They said the £60 million drive to halve Britain's "shameful record" of teenage conceptions was a "total waste of money" and would have been better spent on clinics for young people wanting confidential advice. The attack on the initiative, in particular the £2 million advertising campaign to persuade schoolchildren that it was not embarrassing or shameful to be a virgin, emerged in an internet poll of 42,000 girls aged 12 to 16. Nine out of 10 respondents did not believe in waiting until marriage to have sex, while 87 per cent said the age of consent should be lowered from 16. [...]

Lucy Laverack, a founder of, which conducted the survey, said the poll showed how frustrated young girls were with the Government's inability to understand what they wanted.

source: Article < Girls say teenage sex campaign is 'out of touch' > by Nicole Martin;; Telegraph; 29 November 2000