My Sex Questions: When, Who, and Why?: I want to have sex for the right reasons

My Sex Questions:
When, Who, and Why?


Having been sexually abused as a child, the writer is nervous about having sex for the first time. When she loses her virginity at 16, she feels repulsed rather than close to her lover. [read more]

     
 

Sex Ed: What Is and What Should Be

Linda Lausell Bryant, executive director of Inwood House, a youth development agency, talked to Represent about what good sex education looks like for everyone, including kids who’ve suffered sexual abuse. [read more]

Sex Ed—What Is and What Should Be: Teens deserve all the available information
     
  Looking for a Mother in a Baby: Abuse and loss awakened my maternal instincts

Looking for a Mother in Baby

The writer, just 14 and in an abusive home, feels strong maternal instincts, believing a baby will bring her happiness. [read more]

     
 

How to Drop the Hot Potato

Psychologist Sylvia Lester speaks to Represent about the effects of past abuse on teen sex and parenting.
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How to Drop the Hot Potato: Why do foster youth have sex and babies earlier?
       
Date With Destiny

Date with Destiny

The author is devastated when he tests positive for HIV. He angrily confronts his lover, who lied about not having HIV, and contemplates taking revenge. But, over time, he realizes that being bitter will not help him and he comes to terms with how his life has changed. [read more]

     
 

Haunted by My Past

After a year of dating her boyfriend, the writer experiences frightening flashbacks of the sexual abuse she suffered from her father. She wonders if she’ll ever be able to have a normal relationship with a man. [read more]

Haunted by My Past
     
  Opening Up to My Shorty

Opening Up to My Shorty

Antwaun was once a player who used girls, but now he has settled down with one person and is starting to open up about his feelings. [read more]

     
 

Back in the Stirrups—Again

Madeleine explains what happens during a GYN exam.
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Back in the Stirrups-Again
       
  Life as a Teen Father to Be

Life as a Teen Father to Be

The first time Thomas, 15, has sex with his girlfriend, she becomes pregnant.  He knows he’s not ready to be a father, but the baby will be born in a month.  Thomas already misses his freedom, as he has only a few weeks of childhood left.
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Abortion: It Was the Right
Choice for Me


The author is 16 when she becomes pregnant. She wrestles with what to do and, realizing she’s not ready to be a mother but unwilling to give her baby up, she opts for an abortion.
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Abortion: It Was the Right Choice for Me
       
  A Family to Raise Her

A Family to Raise Her

Growing up in an abusive home, Jennifer’s boyfriend is her only source of support. But he disappears when she becomes pregnant at 14 and she goes into foster care. Knowing she can’t provide a stable home, Jennifer decides to give up her daughter for adoption. [read more]