Study Shows Increase in Troubling Behavior with Young Girls in Wisconsin

By: Margo Spann Email
By: Margo Spann Email

Low self-esteem issues among young girls are leading them to engage in risky sexual behavior, according to a new survey.

The study by Alverno College in cooperation with the Girl Scouts focuses on girls in Wisconsin.

32 percent of girls between ages 10 and 19 are sexually active and not protecting themselves.

The study also found 42 percent of teenage girls who report being sexually active say their first experience was not consensual.

In addition, 36 percent of girls believe they're overweight, but only six percent actually are.

An official with the Girl Scouts say the key to combating the trend is to let the girls know they're concerns are being listened to and taken seriously.

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