A surprising number of Australian teenagers are choosing not to drink alcohol, new research shows. The findings - from a survey of more than 2,500 teenagers - published in the medical journal Addiction indicates that half of Australian teens don't drink.
The study also found that in the years between 2001 - 2010 the number of young teenagers - aged 14 to 17 - abstaining from alcohol rose from 30 percent to more than 50 percent :: Read the full article »»»»
A woman has been gang-raped by a dozen men on the orders of village officials in eastern India as punishment for apparently having an affair. The village council in West Bengal state ordered the penalty to be carried out after the 20-year-old woman was discovered with a man from another community, a senior police officer said.
The woman was gang-raped after her parents said they could not pay the fine imposed by the council for having the affair. Twelve people have been arrested over the attack.
The incident took place in Subalpur village, about 240 kilometres west of the state capital Kolkata, after the couple were discovered on Monday. The man apparently involved with the girl was freed after he agreed to pay the fine within a week. The woman was recovering from the attack in a hospital :: Read the full article »»»»
Italy’s highest court has overturned the conviction of a 60-year-old man for having sex with an 11-year-old girl, because the verdict failed to take into account their “amorous relationship”. Pietro Lamberti, a social services worker in Catanzaro in southern Italy, was convicted in February 2011 and sentenced to five years in prison for sexual acts with a minor :: Read the full article »»»»
A turnaround in policy position isn’t a huge surprise straight after an election, it sought of goes with the the furniture. Except in this case, apparently, both sides of Australian politics were in FULL agreement prior to the last election?
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has denied that 10 weeks into governing, he’s breaking a pre-election promise – to match Labor’s school funding model – saying that his government would “do a little bit better.”
However, promises to one side, Australia’s new Government has just announced it will scrap the previous – Labor – governments plan for school funding reform, and will instead renegotiate individual agreements with all states and territories within the next 12 months.
Education Minister Christopher Pyne says Labor’s arrangements will stay in place for the coming year and will then be overhauled :: Read the full article »»»»
A community based sexual health group has raised the alarm about the level of risky sexual behaviour among young people, saying ignorance on the subject could make young Australians vulnerable to HIV/AIDS.
Alischa Ross, the founder of Youth Empowerment Against HIV AIDS – YEAH– says her group sends volunteers into schools and public events such as music festivals to educate young people about safe sex.
“It’s very disturbing actually what we’re seeing in Australia at the moment is we’ve hit epidemic levels of Sexually Transmitted Infections amongst young people,” she said.
There has been a 20 per cent increase in the rate of infection among young people in the last three years, with chlamydia and gonorrhoea among the biggest culprits. Ms Ross says the trend points to more risky behaviour and widespread complacency.
“Some of the myths that they have around sexual health include things like if I’ve had a pap smear then that means I’ve had a sexual health test; actually it doesn’t,” Ms Ross said. Read the full article »»»»