Source: The Mercury, 22 April, 1999, p.3


Alarm at young men's views of resorting to force in sex

 
ALMOST one-third of young men 
believe it is acceptable to "force" a 
female to have sex, new research 
suggests. 
 
   The Family Planning survey 
found 31% of young men agreed it 
was "OK for a male to force a female 
to have sex" in one or more of a 
range of situations. 
 
   And Family Planning has 
identified cultures which put a high 
priority on "scoring" to prove 
manhood and myths that "men 
know when women want to have 
sex" as factors in the results. 
 
   The most common situations that 
young men agreed were acceptable 
to force a woman to have sex 
included: 
 
* She has had sex with him before. 
 
* She has allowed him to touch her 
body. 
 
* They have been going out together 
for a long time. 
 
   Other reasons included, "she is 
stoned or drunk", "she has had 
sexual intercourse with other men", 
"she starts to be sexual with him but 
than says no". The disturbing 
snapshot is contained in a survey of 
1000 young men aged between 15 
to 25 in South Australia. 
 
   In the wake of the results, Family 
Planning has developed Rape Myth 
Buster fact sheets suitable for SA's 
secondary schools and youth 
agencies. 
 
   A Family Planning spokesman 
said the findings were alarming. 
 
   "It's no wonder there is such a 
demand for services that help 
women overcome the effects of 
rape," he said. 
 
   However, another report released 
yesterday showed a balanced and 
sensible attitude towards gambling 
despite the fact more than 80% had 
been exposed to gambling before 
they turned 13. 
 
   The study, Young People, 
Gambling and the Internet, found 
82% of children had been exposed to 
gambling before the age of 13. But 
most of the youths surveyed held 
balanced perceptions on gambling 
and had a strong awareness of the 
downside of the pastime. 
 
   "Very few of the youth considered 
gaming to be a source of quick and 
easy money," the report found. It 
found today's youth were gambling 
on a range of gaming and wagering 
services, the most popular being 
raffles, scratch lotteries, Melbourne 
Cup sweeps, card games and horse 
race betting. 
 
   The survey of 114 youths in New 
South Wales, aged between 10 and 
21, by the Australian Council of 
Social Services, also found boys 
had participated more frequently in 
all forms of gambling, except 
bingo, than girls. ACOSS president 
Robert Fitzgerald said the report 
found youth from Indo-Chinese and 
Chinese cultural backgrounds were 
in a higher risk group for gambling 
problems.


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