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The gender difference in suicide points to the special emotional hazards for girls. 65) suggests that the rise of eating disorders is in part a desperate effort by young women to regain control in a world where sex has spun out of control. Los Angeles: Higher Education Research Institute, University of California at Los Angeles. Moreover, the bodily harm that girls do to themselves appears to be getting worse.
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And if families and schools don't form an alliance against a highly sexualized media culture, we are throwing our children to the wolves. A "Dear Parents" letter from the principal can call attention to the toxic sexual environment our children face.
How can schools forge a partnership with parents to educate for character—genuine respect, authentic responsibility, and self-control—in the sexual domain? If I were writing such a letter, I'd include highlights of a recent New York Times article (Jarrell, 2000) in which mental health professionals tell of an increasing number of preteenagers struggling with the effects of having had sex too soon and of girls in 7th and 8th grade—even some in 6th—who consider themselves virgins but who have had oral sex 50 or 60 times.
We also sense that they are perhaps most vulnerable, most at risk physically and emotionally, in the sexual area of their lives.
The wrong decisions there can carry a very high, often life-altering cost.