An estimated one-in-eight sexually active high school girls have experienced reproductive coercion, a new study in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology revealed. The research suggests that Black and Latinx teens are more likely to experience reproductive coercion and sexual violence.
The study surveyed 550 sexually active high school girls, with 12 percent reporting they had recently experienced reproductive coercion. Of those surveyed, 17 percent reported physical or sexual adolescent relationship abuse. The study noted that the prevalence of recent nonpartner sexual violence was also 17 percent.
Reproductive coercion is a type of relationship abuse that can include condom manipulation, contraception sabotage, and pressuring a partner to get pregnant. According to the study, reproductive coercion can raise the risk of unintended pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases while leaving victims with long-term psychological damage.
“Reproductive coercion is any behavior that is used to control a partner’s reproductive anatomy,” the study’s lead…
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