Editorials
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21 Aug 2021
6:15 am

It’s men we should be targeting to end teenage pregnancy

Editorials

A girl under the age of 16 who has sex is deemed, legally, not to be of sufficient understanding to give consent.

Picture for illustrative purposes. A pregnant pupil poses on July 29, 2013 in Pretoria, South Africa at the Pretoria Hospital School, which specialises in teaching pregnant teenagers.

There needs to be serious introspection by society at the news that, over the past year, more than 23,000 young girls and teenagers have fallen pregnant in Gauteng. The most worrying aspect of this phenomenon is that, no matter what angle you take on it, there must also be massive abuse and coercion involved. And a point which has been glossed over in many analyses of what is happening is that men are at the heart of theproblem. While it is true that it does take two to tango when it comes to sex, the horrific truth is that 934...