A national study has found two-thirds of Australian teenagers have been involved in a romantic relationship by the age of years. The study Growing Up In Australia Longitudinal Study of Australian Children found while the majority of children reported having had at least one boyfriend or girlfriend by the age of , only a minority 32 per cent reported having had sex. Australian Institute of Family Studies Director, Anne Hollonds said young people are interested in developing romantic relationships but may not become sexually active until their late teenage years. Among year olds who reported being in a relationship the vast majority considered it a committed and exclusive relationship. There were no significant differences in the age that boys and girls had sex for the first time. Dr Diana Warren said the study also found some teenagers were subject to unwanted sexual behaviours. This included being sent sexual pictures, overhearing rude remarks, or being touched in a way that embarrassed or upset them. For example, one in ten boys said they watched pornography daily compared to fewer than one in one-hundred girls. Dr Warren said the teenage years can be a difficult time as young people experience and explore different feelings and behaviours as they develop their sexual identity.
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A six-year-old US girl has become the unlikely poster child for the rights of transgender people after her school barred her from using the girls' bathroom. The family of Coy Mathis has filed a civil rights lawsuit against her Colorado school over the issue, which has become a cause celebre since hitting the headlines this week, CNN reported on Thursday. Coy was born a boy but according to her mother she started expressing herself as a girl at the age of 18 months.
An year-old girl who was forced to film a couple having sex in a hotel room has said the incident left her feeling 'disgusted and sick to the stomach'. Daly, who has a history of drug abuse and Asperger syndrome, was given a suspended month jail sentence. An year-old girl who was forced to film a couple having sex in a hotel room has said the incident left her feeling 'disgusted and sick to the stomach' stock. Judge Jennifer Rosengren said there was exceptional circumstances because there was evidence Daly had no idea the child was there. The judge said the couple were using drugs and the little girl should not have been in the room. Mr Jacob argued his client has a history of drug offending but not sex crimes. He added his client could be suffering PTSD after he was hit in the face with a metal bar in a home invasion in
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