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To counter the spike the spike in sex trafficking associated with major sporting events, New Jersey officials are working with the Division of Criminal Justice, the FBI, and law enforcement from prior Super Bowl Host cities. The penalties for buying or selling sex are among the most severe in the country due to a strict law passed last year.
A preliminary study out of the University of Missouri shows that many college students have sex within a month off a breakup in order to get back at or get over their ex, with the latter being slightly more common. The findings, including seeing comfort in sex, align with those of studies involving older adults.
In a recent study of over 400 sexually active adolescents, nearly half reported a sexual problem. Additionally, about half of this group were distressed by the problem(s) which included erectile dysfunction, low sexual desire, and difficulty reaching orgasm. Males and females reported similar rates of dysfunction.
Teen Sexual Health in Iowa (CBS 2 Iowa)
Teen births are down in Iowa due at least in part to the efforts of sex educators to teach about disease, birth control, abstinence, and sexual negotiation at a younger age. Despite these efforts, STI rates are up throughout the state. Of note, rural areas have higher rates of disease and teen pregnancy as well as less sex education and reproductive health services.
Following in the steps of Cornell and other big name schools, Harvard has hired new staff to overhaul the school’s sexual violence prevention and response policies. Such changes, including an “affirmative consent measure” were called for in a 2012 student referendum and are already the policy of the Undergraduate Council.
Company to Change Policy, Offer Health Benefits to Same-Sex Couples (Hartford Courant)
A Connecticut woman’s decision to sue Brookdale Senior Living for refusing to add her wife to her health insurance plan has inspired a corporate policy change. The company which operates over 600 senior living communities throughout the US is revising their insurance to include coverage for all spouses recognized as such at the state level.
A Court’s All-Hands Approach Aids Girls Most At Risk (New York Times)
A relatively new court system in Alameda County helps girls involved in or at a high risk of sex trafficking. The Girls Court, part of a network of about half a dozen around the country, includes social services, Saturday psycho-educational sessions, and adult mentors. The system shows promising results in evaluations.