As the #MeToo movement continues to rise and stories continue to unfold, a new study shows just how often the first intimаtе experience for women is coerced or forced.
According to research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), one in 16 women reported experiencing forced intimate initiation, usually in their teen years and usually with someone a few years older.
When you expand that number nationwide, it totals to more than three million women in the U.S.
Sex-Ed expert Elizabeth Schoreder, who was not involved with the study, told Good Morning America that the data of the study only shows reported experiences, which means that there are many, many more women who have also had this experience, who may not feel they could disclose it. She said that her guess is the number is much higher.
The study also found that women and girls who were forced to have intеrcоursе during their first intimate experience were more likely to be younger in age than women who engaged in consensual intercourse.
The researchers who conducted the study also found that instances of forced intimate experiences led to lasting health problems and economic repercussions for many of the women.
Compared with women whose first experience was voluntary, women with forced initiation were more likely to experience an unwanted first pregnancy, abortion, endometriosis, pelvic inflammatory disease, and problems with menstruation or ovulation, according to the study.
The study was based on data collected of more than 13,000 women aged 18 to 44.
Consent should happen every time, and giving consent for one activity and one time DOES NOT mean giving consent for increased or recurring intimate contact.
According to Schroeder, consent is something people learn about when they’re very young, but the lessons of it often fall aside in later years.