Saturday, September 30, 2006

Nicole Kidman And Lots Of Naked People

Nicole Kidman’s new movie "Fur" is going to be remembered for many things, but one in particular: lots of nude people. I mean, like naked men and women, full frontal, the whole deal.

"Fur," directed by Steve Shainberg, is an imagined story about the life of legendary photographer Diane (pronounced “de-ahn”) Arbus.

Arbus’ revered work includes nude portraits of regular people, as well as many hundreds of irregular types: short people, tall people and even a woman who used her feet for hands.

Diane Arbus used her innate sexuality. After the dissolution of her marriage, Arbus embarked on a wild and erotic quest to somehow rejoin herself to a humanity she felt increasingly alienated from. Apparently she photographed sex orgies, bondage scenes and became increasingly interested in sexual/erotic subjects. She also engaged in a number of intimate, but ultimately unrewarding, sexual affairs. In her biography of Arbus, Patricia Bosworth writes:

[Arbus] was always frightened, but that meant conquering her fear each time...Because the only way to understand something was to confront it, she said, and when you had sex, restraints were broken, inhibitions disappeared. Sex was the quickest, most primitive way to begin connecting with another human being.

The film, which is simultaneously genius and bizarre, features the greatest selection of “freakish” characters since Woody Allen’s “Stardust Memories.” Whoever did the secondary casting deserves a prize.

But what will catch the most attention when “Fur” is released on Nov. 10 are the opening scenes in which Arbus, played brilliantly I thought by Kidman, arrives to take pictures at a nudist colony. Right away, we are treated to what the British call “naughty bits,” and plenty of them. Shainberg does not shy away from it at all. But believe me, there’s nothing erotic here. These are not models from a Madonna video.

Later in the film, Kidman and Robert Downey Jr. -- who plays a kind of imagined hairy beast who lives above the Arbuses in their apartment house -- have a sex scene slightly more graphic that we’re used to in a Kidman film.

And later, when the nudist colony scene picks up, Kidman flashes one breast just long enough to be surprising (and not unwelcome). And, of course, there’s more of the colonists.

It’s a little early to tell you more about “Fur,” except to explain the title. Arbus’ parents were very wealthy New York furriers, and there is a tie-in thematically between the chinchillas and minks they sell and Downey’s hirsute recluse with whom Kidman’s Arbus falls in love. It makes sense, just wait and see.

This much I will tell you also now: “Fur” puts Nicole into the very hotly contested Best Actress race with Judi Dench, Kate Winslet, Renee Zellweger, Penelope Cruz, Meryl Streep and Helen Mirren. “Fur” will also garner attention for spectacular cinematography by Bill Pope (he did the “Matrix” movies) and an unbelievably good jazz score by Carter Burwell.

Screech Sex Tape: Diamond in the Buff

Yes, it exists. Yes, it's graphic. Yes, you'll be able to download it soon.

The sportsbook Website is claiming to be the unlikely frontrunner in an even more unlikely bidding war over the distribution rights to a homemade sex tape featuring Dustin "Screech" Diamond. I am not sure if anybody would want to see that tape.

Friday, September 29, 2006

70 Year Old Woman Genetical Is A Man

A 70-year-old married but childless woman in south China possesses an XY chromosome which technically makes her a man, the state media reported on Tuesday.

The astonishing test result was revealed recently by the Liuzhou Workers Hospital in the city of Liuzhou in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region after the woman, surnamed Cao, underwent surgery to have tumours removed from her groin.

Cao felt a small lump in her right groin in 2004. But she did not visit a doctor until another lump appeared on her left groin several months ago.

Cao agreed to have them removed and during surgery, the doctor found tiny sperm duct-like vessels and testicle interstitial cells on the tumours and asked the woman to have a chromosome test.

The outcome of the test showed Cao's chromosome to be XY and medically speaking she is a man, Xinhua news agency quoted doctors as saying.

According to the doctor who performed the surgery, Cao has the same physical characteristics as regular women.

Despite her efforts, she was never able to become pregnant. Cao and her husband then adopted a boy.

Cao has been to many hospitals over the years but none have detected the presence of the XY chromosome, the report said.


Very Expensive Breast Fondling

Helsinki, Finland -- A fee of 25,500 euros ($32,000) is way too much for a woman to charge a man for fondling her bosom, a Finnish district court ruled.

The court jailed a couple in their twenties for more than a year for charging a 74-year-old who suffers from dementia a total of 25,500 euros to enjoy the woman's breasts on 10 occasions.

"Based on general life experience alone, it is indisputably clear that a 25,500 euro charge is disproportionate to the compensation in question," Judge Hasse Hakki, who heard the case, said.

But he said the court in Kokkola, about 300 miles north of Helsinki, would not decide "the proper financial value of the compensation."

The retiree filed charges against the couple, who were convicted of extortionate overcharging, even though he told the court he paid the price willingly at the time.

Source: Reuters

Sex Toys Beat Janet Jackson Tour Blues

Janet Jackson understands how awfully lonely being on the road while on tour can be, and therefore has saucy sex toy parties for herself and the female members of her crew.

The pop superstar revealed that she while on tour, she makes secret trips to sex shops to buy toys such as dildos and vibrators for herself and her gals.

"I'll get a bunch of stuff for the girls, invite them to the room and pass (them) out," Contactmusic quoted her, as saying.

And, it seems that rather than being shy or shocked by Jackson’s gifts, her pals are ecstatic over the toys that they label “lifesavers”.

"The girls are like, 'God, this is the best - it's a lifesaver.' Because when you're on the road, you need all that kind of stuff," she added.

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Internet, Wireless Computing And Sex Toys

The Sinulator is a device that lets you connect a sex toy to your computer so that other people can control it for you over the internet.

Here's how it works (also look at the diagram at the top). Your Sinulator package includes the transmitter, a vibrator and a receiver. You download the client application from During installation, you connect the transmitter to a USB port. (If you use Windows XP, make sure to read the installation note in the user guide and save yourself some frustration.)

When you're all installed and have the client running, you attach your toy to the wireless receiver and switch it on. Finally, you go to and choose a name for your toy. After that, anyone who knows your toy's name can set your toy a-buzzin' using the Sinulator control panel. Neither of you has to register or divulge any personal information -- not even an e-mail address.

The control panel looks like a grown-up version of a driving toy for baby, with buttons and levers and sliders that you manipulate with your mouse. I laughed when I first saw it -- now you can have sex and drive a race car at the same time! If that's not a popular male fantasy, I don't know what is.

But it gets even better. You probably want to stick to the dashboard if you're at the office, but for home use, the Interactive Fleshlight is where it's at. The Fleshlight is a standard, sleeve-style vibrator for men, with a twist: It's also a transmitter. It measures the speed and force of each thrust and communicates those metrics to the software, which translates them into vibration and pulse on the other end.

In other words, a man can be thrusting in Cleveland while a woman is penetrated in Seattle, and the cybersex experience gets one step closer to the holodeck.

In part, cybersex appeals to women because it takes place in writing. The attention, the wordplay, the sensual imagery of great cybersex attracts us because it requires both parties to be present and to communicate. It's like starring in your own erotic story. Even when you add the visual excitement of a webcam, you can't tune out and get a woman off in cybersex.

The Sinulator relies on communication, too. The better you communicate, the better your Sinulator experience will be. Just watching my vibrator propel itself across my desk onto the floor was enough to tell me that anyone who wants to spend time with me is going to have to use the Jackhammer button sparingly, or it's going to be over real quick. (You can set local overrides, so no matter what the other guy does, the vibrator won't exceed the intensity levels you set. But we don't have to tell him that, now, do we?)

Like with real sex, you can thrust too hard or too fast, or finish too soon, or not finish at all. You can leave each other hanging or draw the experience out as long as you can stand it. If you're on your own, you can log on to SinulatorCams and pay to play.

Cybersex gets blamed for a lot of things, including social isolation, infidelity and divorce. It's a temptation previous generations of lovers didn't have to face, and it's technology, and therefore it's scary for a lot of folks.

Yet remote interaction technology -- or, as I like to call it, teledildonics -- has as much potential to bring people together as it does to drive people apart. If you travel often, or if you're in a long-distance relationship, this technology provides another avenue for intimacy, especially if it's harder for you to use toys with a partner than have sex au naturel.

As for me, well, I'm enjoying the novelty of it. I'm on the road as I write this week's column, and I can honestly say that the Sinulator beats the pocket rocket hands down, even if I am getting strange looks from the other Starbucks patrons.

See you next Friday,
Regina Lynn

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Archives Open Up Centuries Of British Sex

LONDON (Reuters), UK - - The 17th century punishment for sex crimes was public humiliation and 1930s Britons pretended to be drunk so they could get away with sex on the beach.

Historical attitudes to sex in Britain will be laid bare for all to see this week in archives which reveal a nation rich in sexual experience and enthusiasm.

The historical documents, to be given a public outing by the Center for Archive Studies at Liverpool University, include Britain's first ever sex survey, conducted 57 years ago but deemed too shocking for publication at the time.

The survey shows many British men had homosexual experiences, many were frequent visitors to prostitutes and many British wives were active in the pursuit of sex outside marriage.

The archives also have details of public displays of sexual behavior in the 1930s on the south coast's famous Blackpool Beach as well as in cinemas and dance halls, and show how many Britons threw sexual caution to the wind during World War Two.

According to archivists, who will debate the archives on Saturday, Britons "tended to pretend they were drunk or playing a joke" in order to get away with sexual behavior in public.

Caroline Williams, of the Center for Archive Studies, says the archives show that while sex has always been a part of major part of British -- and human -- life, attitudes have changed and broadened over the years.

Dorothy Sheridan, a fellow archivist from the University of Sussex, has looked at decades of extracts from personal diaries, letters and autobiographical accounts of experiences in which people describe the most intimate aspects of their lives.

"Materials in our archive range from holiday makers enjoying themselves on the beach at Blackpool to the experiences of the Second World War when many people, fearing they may not survive the war, were more sexually active," she said.

Despite the taboos of the time, the 1949 sex survey, originally meant for national newspapers but never published due to its content, found one in five men had homosexual experiences and a quarter admitted to having sex with prostitutes. One in five women confessed to extra-marital affairs.

Alan Crosby, a historian at Liverpool University, said the archives also show how attitudes to sex crimes have changed.

"Sexual offences in the past were recognized as serious crimes, just as they are today," he said, but the punishment system was very different.

Documents detail how a man convicted of a sex crime in northern English town in 1630 was punished by being paraded through the streets and humiliated in front of fellow citizens.


Sunday, September 24, 2006

Pregnant Woman Raped In Cape Town

Cape Town, SA -- Rape is every woman's worst nightmare, but for a 25-year-old Gordon's Bay woman it was worse: she was pregnant.

The violence that unfolded on the night of May 22 shocked greater Cape Town when details emerged the next day.

On that night, a gang of nine men from Khayelitsha travelled to Gordon's Bay. They smashed their way into a house and bludgeoned 78-year-old Joy van Aarde to death. They then moved next door, where they surprised Clifford Bacon, his son and a friend. The trio were tied up.

One of the gang then forced Bacon's pregnant fiance into a bathroom.

She gave birth to her child four months later. Months of anxiety, panic and worry were finally over.

"No, it wasn't easy," she said on Thursday. "I took a lot of stress and strain. "They had to checks every two weeks, because they were concerned that my stress was going to affect my baby.

"The doctors told me I can't let myself fall apart... The baby would suffer. I'd put my body into stress and my body would choose me over the baby. A lot of women can have still-born or premature babies."

"It was touch and go for the first month. I had to force myself not to freak out when I walked into a dark room. I would think that someone was hiding in the corner and that the alarm hadn't picked him up.

"Or if I walked into a shop and there was a guy who looked similar (to one of the gang of attackers) I started panicking. I still had these little scares in my mind. But somehow, somewhere, someone was watching over me.

"I knew I couldn't let it overwhelm me."

September 11 is a day remembered for its violence. But the day, this year, was one of joy and peace. Connelly Bacon was born at 10.40pm, weighing 3,2kg.

A natural birth had been planned, but his mother had contracted flu a week earlier so she had to have an emergency Caesarean.

"He was able to be born. I'm able to touch him, bath him. It's closure that I was able to see the pregnancy through. It's an absolute relief," she said. "He's so perfect."

"He only cries when he's hungry. He's such a placid little baby.

"I just thought he was too beautiful. I couldn't believe this little person was what we made. All mothers think that all newborns are beautiful, but I think mine is the exception.

"I still have fears. But because newborns can sense that something's wrong, I can't let myself succumb to them. It would lead to a whole chain of events."

The only outstanding closure of her ordeal is the trial of their attackers.

"I want to know what happens to them. I want closure. From there, it can only get better."

The men arrested in connection with the rape are awaiting trial in Pollsmoor Prison while laboratory tests are completed.

Two of the men - Simon Lolo, 20, and Thomas Baraza, 22 - unsuccessfully applied for bail. Both have criminal records.

Vuyisila Msaseni, 19, Siyabonga Zanzele, 22, were facing further charges, but were released by mistake in a court bungle.

The other men arrested are Lungile Mayo, 19, Siyathemba Tshanyela, 21, Thembile Ngxowe, 19, Mzamu Ncwana, 18, and Luganda Zaza, 19. A prosecutor has told the court that three of the nine were wanted for other murders.

Getting To Grips With Sex Education In China

By Joy Lu (China Daily)

Sex education is always a hot topic among youth in China, but Zhang Meimei, a professor at Capital Normal University in Beijing, decided five months ago to take the next step and do something that she thought has been overdue for years: hold a sex education summer camp for pre-teenagers.

The 11- and 12-year-olds were to learn about puberty, how to befriend the opposite sex and how to "become popular in school." Zhang knew it would be difficult to make parents understand her motives, and she was right. Last month, she had to cancel the camp. Though many parents enquired about the camp, only 10 decided to enrol their children.

Why? The answer can be found in what two of the parents had to say: "It's embarrassing to send my child to a sex education camp when other children are going to an English or technology camp," and "I'm afraid the summer camp will make children think of things they should not."

"A typical Chinese parent just turns pale at the mention of sex," says Zhang, who has studied sex education for 16 years.

Ready for sex?

Chinese children today are already exposed to a lot of sex from TV shows, movies, the Internet, advertising and even news.

Zhang Xiaoji director of Green Apple House, a Beijing-based sex education centre says some children's questions are quite "advanced" for their age. "A junior middle school student once asked what oral sex was." But that has to be expected as fall-out of what has been happening in today's society. "What else do you expect with the sex scandal of Clinton splashed across newspaper headlines? Every kid seems to have heard of oral sex. Parents across China may still like to believe in the innocence of their wards, but youngsters' attitudes towards sex have changed. And the sooner we accept it, the better."

In a survey of 1,060 senior middle school students in Hangzhou, capital of East China's Zhejiang Province, about one-third said they had started dating, and 23 per cent said that it's OK to have sex at their age. In a survey by the Municipal Women's Federation of Beijing, 8 per cent of the girls aged between 13 and 19 said they had had sex.

Contrasted with the openness about sex is a lack of knowledge. In the Hangzhou survey, about one-third did not know what actions would cause pregnancy and two-thirds could not name the transmission methods of venereal diseases.

The teenage pregnancy rate is climbing in most Chinese cities. In the Beijing survey, 3 per cent of girls said they have been pregnant. Under-age girls accounted for about one-fourth of the 1.49 million abortions on the Chinese mainland in 2002, according to a report by the Xinhua News Agency.

Without proper guidance from adults, these teenagers are using TV programmes such as "Friends" and "Sex in the City" as primers on relationships and sex, says Zhang Xiaoji.

A Green Apple House survey shows that 70 per cent of under-age visitors learned about sex through magazines, movies, TV and the Internet, and 24 per cent by reading books. That means parents are source of information for only 1.7 per cent and 1.3 per cent of the children.

Leaving the children to explore on their own is dangerous, because the information they are gathering may be "unwholesome, inaccurate and incomplete," Zhang Xiaoji said.

Zhang Meimei agreed: "Teenagers want to know what it's like to be in love. They want to experience the beautiful feeling of being with the opposite sex. If we don't provide an age-appropriate behaviour model, then they have to imitate what happens in movies and TV shows."

Supply and demand

Middle schools in major Chinese cities do have puberty education in their curriculum. But surveys have repeatedly indicated that the students are unhappy with it.

The emphasis on academic performance and the fear of controversy have prompted many schools to make only a half-hearted effort to teaching students about sex. The result: Puberty lesson periods are used to teach other subjects, and students are told to read the textbooks at home - that is, if there's a textbook at all. A survey in Shenzhen, China's economic powerhouse in Guangdong Province, has found that one in every five middle schools doesn't have a puberty lesson textbook.

School-based sex education programmes have three problems, Zhang Xiaoji said: "Schools do not attach importance to sex education, there's no official textbook and the teachers are ill-trained."

Organizations such as Green Apple House are trying to fill in the gap. And more and more middle schools have started counselling services for students. "But the supply is far, far behind the demand," says Wang Lina, a member of the China Sexology Association's puberty education committee.

Better known as "Sister Siyu," Wang runs a popular sex education section of Tencent's QQ web portal ( The website features a question-and-answer column and has even attracted people from Taiwan and Hong Kong.

Wang and her two volunteer assistants have been answering questions from troubled youths in their spare time. "We are exhausted, but even then our efforts just a drop in the bucket," she said.

Web-based consultation appeals to teenagers because of the anonymity and accessibility of the Internet. But website operators are reluctant to invest in such a service because advertisers or sponsors are still not ready for it.

Wang says game companies have offered to advertise. But she had been turning down their offers because computer game addiction, too, is a big problem among teenagers. "I try to instil the value of self-control. Running an advertisement for an addictive activity would be a contradiction."

A role for the parents

Sex education for children is a challenge for all parents, but Chinese parents seem to be particularly clumsy with it. During their adolescence, sex education didn't exist, and sex out of wedlock was still a burning shame.

The Municipal Women's Federation of Beijing polled 1,500 parents and found that 74 per cent had chosen to avoid the topic. Parents polled by Green Apple House said they felt not knowledgeable enough (57 per cent) or too embarrassed (23 per cent) to talk about sex with their children.

"Many parents equate sex education with explaining intercourse. This is a misconception," Wang said.

Sex education, she said, is much more than reproduction and contraception. It should also cover values related to sex, relationship and intimacy.

Wang said that parents should decide what to teach their children according to the circumstances.

"I believe the facts should be taught by the school," she said. " If the school is not teaching it, maybe you can give your children a book. Of course, it's best if you can comfortably discuss the book with them."

And there are no better people than the parents to teach values.

"Sex education, in essence, is about helping your children to become good men and women," Zhang Meimei said. "Think of it as a part of the life skills you want to give your children."

She believes the secret to successful sex education is to make it a long-term, everyday process.

A Sunday afternoon chat aimed at resolving all puberty issues is obviously awkward. "But it'll be a good discussion opportunity when your child comes home from school and reports that a classmate has had her first period," she said.

If the talk about self-control and responsibility starts to sound like preaching, it's a good idea to use real-life stories. Every child wants to know the love story of their parents, even if they think their parents boring and old-fashioned, suggested Claura Lau, a social worker supervising a pregnant girls' service in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

Meanwhile, it's an important task for the parents to provide timely guidance when issues arise.

In Wang's experience, the frequently asked questions from the boys are "if their sex organs are too small, if they have redundant foreskin and if they have masturbated too much." Girls are often concerned with "the development of their breasts, menstruation and pregnancy."

Wang urged parents to take time to thoroughly discuss an issue, even though from the adult's point of view, the most convenient thing to do is to relax and do nothing.

A boy she counselled went to his father with a question and was told "it's no big deal."

"But children won't be satisfied with a simple 'no big deal,' " Wang said. "They are still puzzled. They want to know why it's no big deal and if the reason is valid."

Both Zhang and Wang agree that the role of sex educator may be a difficult one for Chinese parents, but it is one they must learn to take on.

Zhang Meimei plans to reintroduce her plan for the sex education camp next year. And this time, she said, the camp will be preceded by awareness campaigns towards the more important targets: "We will work on the parents first."

Columbian Sex Strike Forces Gangsters To Give Up Guns

A SEX strike organised by the girlfriends of gang members in one of Colombia’s most violent cities to protest against a wave of murders has been hailed as a success by the local security chief.

The action became known in the Colombian media as the “crossed-leg strike” because of the women’s refusal to have sex with their men until they promised to give up violence.

After 10 days of abstinence the women of Pereira were said by the security chief to have proved that they could win their battle with “very noble weapons”. As one gang member said: “You listen to your woman.”

Pereira, a city of 500,000 inhabitants, has one of the worst crime rates in the country, with 488 recorded murders last year; 90% of gang members killed were aged between 14 and 25.

The women produced a rallying song for local radio, which went: “I choose how, where and when I give in. Women united against violent men. Let’s close our legs.” One striker said of her boyfriend: “I would prefer him getting angry to having to go and cry at his funeral.”

The lure of criminality was as much the desire for status and sexual attractiveness as money, according to reports on Colombian radio. The women adopted an ancient tactic used by the women of Athens to halt the Peloponnesian war — if Aristophanes’s play Lysistrata, written in 411BC, is to be believed.

Alvara Uribe, the president of Colombia, has cracked down on crime by doubling spending on law enforcement and expanding the police force by 25%. The numbers of political murders and kidnappings dropped by 80% last year.

In the Pereira region, which is situated in the heart of Colombia’s coffee-growing area, there were 97 murders per 100,000 people last year.

It is too early to tell whether the “crossed-leg strike” will have encouraged gang members to sheathe their weapons permanently.

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Woman Gang Raped While Dozed Off On The Beach

Hollywood, US -- Three men have been charged in the rape of a woman who had fallen asleep on Hollywood beach, police said Thursday.

The woman had been sitting on the sand when she dozed off. She woke up about 3:30 a.m. Wednesday to find one man holding her down while another tried to rape her, said Hollywood police spokesman Capt. Tony Rode.

''She was very courageous and didn't go down without a fight,'' Rode said of the woman, who is in her 30s.

During the struggle, the woman found a piece of broken glass in the sand and slashed one of the attackers several times in the face and chest, police said. He stopped and the other man released her, but then a third man appeared and raped her, Rode said. When the woman tried to resist, he punched her in the mouth.

After the attack, the men ran south on the beach. The woman found a couple strolling along the shore and they called police. Rode said police found the three suspects on the beach, north of Hollywood Boulevard. They ran away after being told to stop, but police caught up with them, and the woman identified them as her attackers.

Arrested were Hever Ramos, 26; Cesar Luis Amador, 26; and Armando Moncadaramos, 20. They were taken to the Broward County Jail.

Rode said the woman was brave to fight back, but warned that is not always the best option, especially if the attacker has a weapon.

Friday, September 22, 2006

Oral Sex Lessons To Cut Rates Of Teenage Pregnancy

London, UK -- Encouraging schoolchildren to experiment with oral sex could prove the most effective way of curbing teenage pregnancy rates, a government study has found.

Pupils under 16 who were taught to consider other forms of 'intimacy' such as oral sex were significantly less likely to engage in full intercourse, it was revealed.

Britain's teenage pregnancy rate is the highest in Europe. In 2002 there were 39,286 teen pregnancies recorded. The government has spent more than £60 million to tackle the problem but so far failed to halt the rise.

A sex education course developed by Exeter University trains teachers to talk to teenagers about 'stopping points' before full sex. Now an unpublished government-backed report reveals that a trial of the course has been a success. Schoolchildren, particularly girls, who received such training developed a 'more mature' response to sex.

The study by the National Foundation for Educational Research found youngsters were 'less likely to be sexually active' than peers who received traditional forms of sex education, dispelling the fears of family campaigners who believe such methods actually arouse the sexual interest of teenagers.

Now the government will recommend the scheme, called A Pause, to schools throughout England and Wales following the success of the trial in 104 schools where sexual intercourse among 16-year-olds fell by up to 20 per cent, according to Dr John Tripp of the Department of Child Health at the University of Exeter, who helped to design the course.

Teachers who sign up to the course are primed to deal with queries from pupils on all kinds of sexual experience. Those behind the course stress the scheme does not suggest teenagers experiment with oral sex. Instead they say A Pause promotes the message that other forms of physical intimacy are safer than full intercourse.

'It teaches people assertiveness skills and that they should be only as intimate as they feel comfortable with,' said Tripp.

A Department for Education and Skills spokesman said the report's verdict would be made available to all schools. 'All teachers respect peer-reviewed material, and this will help influence their decision,' he said.


Teens And Sex - Statistics

NEW YORK, US - NBC News and PEOPLE Magazine commissioned a landmark poll surveying young teenagers about their intimate sexual attitudes and practices. In one of the first surveys of its kind, teenagers as young as 13 reveal how much they know about sex and how much they are doing. The poll, conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International, questioned 13 to 16 year-olds about their sexual behavior, relationships, oral sex, STDs, and casual sexual partners (what's now known as “friends with benefits”).

The findings provide important answers for parents struggling to cope with a newly promiscuous world. Below are the enlightening, and often surprising, answers to the NBC News/PEOPLE Magazine Poll:

Sexually active young teens
Nearly 3 in 10 (27%) thirteen to sixteen year-olds are sexually active and “have been with someone in an intimate or sexual way.” Most of these sexually active teens have touched someone else’s genitals and almost half had oral sex and/or had sexual intercourse. Sexual activity is much more common among 15 to 16 year-olds (41%) than 13 to 14 year-olds (14%).

SUMMARY TABLE: Sexual activity among 13 to 16 year-olds




Ever kissed someone romantically




Have been with someone in an intimate or sexual way




Ever touched someone's genitals or private parts




Ever had oral sex




Ever had sexual intercourse




Ever had a casual sexual relationship




Most 13 to 16-year-olds waiting to have sex
The vast majority (87%) of teens aged 13 to 16, have not had sexual intercourse. Most (73%) have not been sexually intimate at all. Seventy-four percent say they have not had sex because they made a conscious decision not to. As many (75%) have not because they believe they are too young. Many say they abstain because they fear the potential consequences—pregnancy (74%), STDs (71%), parents’ reaction (65%). While just more than half say it is because they haven’t met the right person yet (54%), few say it is because of a lack of opportunity (21%). Four in 10 (42%) say they have not because of religious or moral beliefs.

SUMMARY TABLE: Why are teens waiting to have sex?



Not a reason

Made a conscious decision to wait




Are worried about sexually transmitted diseases




Are too young




Are worried about pregnancy




Worry about what parents will think




Haven't met the right person yet




Girls are more likely than boys to cite a conscious decision to wait (81% vs. 67%), belief they are too young (82% vs. 67%), fear of pregnancy (77% vs. 71%), STDs (75% vs. 68%), or parents or (71% vs. 59%) friends’ reaction (28% vs. 13%).

Fifteen to 16 year-olds are more likely than 13 to 14 year-olds to say they have not had sex because they have not met the right person (62% vs. 47%). Thirteen to 14 year-olds are more likely to say it is because they think they are too young (82% vs. 66%).

Teens with a Catholic parent (72%) are more likely to not have had sex because they are worried what their parents will think than those with a Protestant parent (63%) or another religious background (57%).

Those whose parents are better educated are more likely to say they have not had intercourse because of their religious or moral beliefs and less likely to say they have not out of a fear of catching an STD.

Is Oral Sex Really Not A Big Deal?
Most Teens Know What Oral Sex Is
Today, 70% of teens, ages 13 to 16, know the definition of oral sex. Knowledge about oral sex is lower among the youngest teens but that knowledge increases with age. While only six in 10 (58%) 13 and 14 year-olds knew what oral sex is a solid majority of 15 and 16 year-olds (82%) know what oral sex is.

Is Oral Sex, Sex?
Three-quarters of teens would classify oral sex as “sex” (77%), but less than half (45%) would label touching someone's genitals as “sex”.

SUMMARY TABLE: What teens believe constitutes sex

Kissing someone romantically


Touching someone's genitals or private parts [sex]


Oral sex


Sexual intercourse


Is Oral Sex A Big Deal?
For many teens (43%), oral sex is not seen as being as big a deal as sexual intercourse. Boys and girls see this somewhat differently. While almost half of boys (47%) think that oral sex is not as big of a deal as sexual intercourse, fewer girls feel that way (38%).

This doesn’t mean that teens are dismissive of its significance: Fifty-five percent of teens hold that it is “very important” to be in love before having oral sex. Somewhat more (68%) say it is very important to be in love before having sexual intercourse.

Are Teens Who Have Oral Sex Still Virgins?
While a majority of teens do feel that oral sex is as big a deal as intercourse, it seems oral sex is taken somewhat more lightly than intercourse. More than half (54%) of American teens maintain that teens who only engage in oral sex are still virgins. However, the way in which virginity is defined varies by both their age and where they live:

  • Older teens, 15 to 16-year-olds, are more likely to say teens having oral sex are still virgins than are 13 to 14-year-olds (60% vs. 46%).
  • Suburban teens (60%) are more likely to say teens who have oral sex are still virgins than teens who live in an urban environment (45%).

Do Teens Approve of Teens Having Oral Sex?
Our survey found teens who know what oral sex is are more likely to accept older teens having oral sex. Most teens don’t think it is okay for 13 to 14 year-olds to be having it (87%). Seven in 10 (70%) also don’t approve of 15 to 16 year-olds having oral sex. However, fewer are disapproving of older teens - only a little more than third of teens (35%) think 17 to 18 year-olds shouldn’t engage in oral sex. Girls are more likely than boys to disapprove of teens in each age group—13 to 14, 15 to 16, 17 to 18—engaging in oral sex or sexual intercourse.

At the same time this doesn’t necessarily reflect what they believe reality to be. More than six in 10 (65%) teens who know what oral sex is, say they know or knew at least a few 13 or 14 year-olds who were having oral sex.

How Many Teens Have Had Oral Sex?

  • One in 10 (12%) teens have had oral sex. Almost 9 out 10 (88%) teens have not.
  • Girls are as likely as boys to have had oral sex, but it seems there’s a discrepancy when it comes to willingness to perform oral sex. 22% of sexually active girls say their partner never performs oral sex on them, while only 5% of boys say their partner never does.
  • Engaging in oral sex is more common among 15 to 16 year-olds (19%) than 13 to 14 year-olds (4%).
  • Four percent of teens have had oral sex in a casual relationship.
  • A statistically insignificant less than one-half of a percentage of teens said they had ever been to the now mythological oral sex party.

Why Are Teens Having Oral Sex?
Pressure, love, lust and pragmatism all figure into why teens decide to have oral sex. While few teens (21%) say they had oral sex for the first time because they wanted to be more popular or to be accepted, 76% said they did so because the other person wanted to. Teens also say they had oral sex for the first time because they met the right person (71%), to satisfy a sexual desire (70%), so they didn’t have to worry about pregnancy (68%), or because they were curious (64%). Half (49%) say the first time they had oral sex they did so because they wanted to remain virgins.

SUMMARY TABLE: Reasons teens had oral sex for the first time



Not a reason

The other person wanted to




You met the right person




To satisfy a sexual desire




You don't have to worry about pregnancy




You were curious




You are still a virgin if you have oral sex




You wanted to avoid having sexual intercourse




You don't think you can get STDs from oral sex




You wanted to avoid being touched or undressed




You wanted to be more popular and accepted




Four in 10 teens say they have had oral sex to avoid having sexual intercourse.

  • Most 13 and 14 year olds who have had oral sex did so to avoid intercourse at least once.
  • Boys and girls are equally likely to have opted for oral sex over intercourse.

Do Teens Know the Risks?
More than eight in 10 (84%) teens who know what oral sex is know they can get an STD by having oral sex. The youngest teens (13 to 14 year-olds) are less likely to know about the risks of engaging in oral sex than 15 to 16 year-olds. Girls are as likely as boys to know the risks of oral sex.

While most know about the risks yet many don’t always take measures to protect themselves. Nine in 10 (89%) teens who have had oral sex say they know STD can be spread through oral sex. Yet only three in 10 (30%) always use protection when they have oral sex.

Sexual Intercourse
Young teens are as likely to have had sexual intercourse as oral sex. But their reasons for doing so are somewhat different. Among the 13 percent of young teens who have had sexual intercourse, a solid majority says a principal reason they did so for the first time was because they met the right person (62%). This is consistent with the majority’s view that it is very important to be in love before having intercourse (68%).

SUMMARY TABLE: Reasons teens had sexual intercourse for the first time



Not a reason

Met the right person




Were curious




To satisfy a sexual desire




Hoped it would make relationship closer




Pressure from partner




Wanted to be more popular and accepted




Curiosity (36%) or sexual desire (34%) played a major role in why young teens had sexual intercourse for the first time. More than a quarter (28%) did so in hopes of making the relationship with the other person closer. Fewer said they were pressured (15%) or did so to be accepted or popular (2%). In addition, boys are more likely than girls to have had sex the first time to satisfy a sexual desire (49% vs. 15%).

While nearly all young teens (90%) know they can get an STD from having sexual intercourse, they’re not always acting on that knowledge. Only two in three (67%) say they use protection such as condoms every time they have sex.

Young teens frown on those their age having sexual intercourse - an overwhelming majority (91%) say it is not okay for 13 to 14 year-olds to have sex. Somewhat fewer, but still a majority, (78%) object to 15 to 16 year-olds having intercourse. As with oral sex, opinions dramatically shift regarding older teens. Fewer than half (42%) say it is not okay for 17 to 18 year-olds to have sexual intercourse. Girls are more likely than boys to disapprove of teens in each age group—13 to 14, 15 to 16, 17 to 18—engaging in sexual intercourse.

“Friends With Benefits”
Casual relationships are not uncommon among sexually active teens. Eight percent of 13 to 16 year-olds, which amounts to roughly half of young teens who have had oral sex or sexual intercourse, have been involved in a casual sexual relationship. Girls are as likely to have had a casual relationship as boys . These casual relationships typically involve oral sex (78%) and/or sexual intercourse (79%).

Young teens who engage in casual relationships often do so “to satisfy a sexual desire” (67%). Nearly half (48%) have had a casual sexual relationship because they wanted to “avoid the complications of a serious relationship.”

SUMMARY TABLE: Reasons For Casual Sexual Relationship

To satisfy a sexual desire


Wanted to avoid the complications of a serious relationship


Didn't want to get emotionally involved


Were curious about this type of relationship


Wanted to make relationship closer


Too young for a serious relationship


What’s more, among teens who have had sexual intercourse and casual relations, more than two-thirds (69%) say they did not have the casual relationship to make their relationship with the other person closer. However, few young teens have casual relationships exclusively. Only fourteen percent of young teens who have had a casual relationship say they have never been involved in a serious relationship.

Talking About Sex
Teens are most likely to say they talk often to their friends about sex and sexual relationships (62%). Four in 10 (41%) also say they talk with their parents often. Teens are much less likely to speak with school and religious leaders. Older teens (15 and 16 year olds) talk about sex with their parents more than younger teens, as do girls more than boys. Teens who are having intercourse are somewhat more likely to speak with their parents about sex. However teens who are engaging in oral sex are more likely to speak with their friends about sex.

SUMMARY TABLE: Talk to often about sex and sexual relationships





Brothers and sisters


Teachers or the school nurse


A religious person such as a minister, priest or rabbi


Teens say they get information about sex and sexual relationships from a number of sources. But parents top the list--70% say they have gotten a lot or some information about sex and sexual relationships from their parents. Followed by friends (53%), school (53%), TV and movies (51%) and magazines (34%). As an information source, the Internet ranks lowest. Girls were more likely than boys to say they got information from school and magazines. Teens who were sexually active were much more likely to say they got information about sex from their friends and partners.

SUMMARY TABLE: Teens receive information about sex and sexual relationships





Teachers, the school counselor or nurse


TV shows or movies


Boyfriends, girlfriends or partners




Brothers and sisters


The Internet


Before speaking with the teens in our survey, we interviewed their parents and found that most were concerned about the sexual pressures their teens were facing. Large majorities of parents think it is a big concern for teens to know how to deal with sexual relationships (91%), set limits in intimate relationships (85%) or understand the consequences of engaging in sex (88%).

But were teens and their parents on the same page about how much communication was happening between them on the topic of sex and relationships? While both parents and teens report talking to each other about sex and relationships, there appears to be a disconnect: twice as many parents than teens maintain these conversations happen often (85% to 41%).

This disconnect continues when it comes to teens' actual behavior: while 27% of teens report having been sexually intimate, only about half of their parents (15%) believed their teens had gone beyond kissing.



Teen has been sexually intimate



Teen has had sexual intercourse



Parents are more likely to be pessimistic about kids waiting to have sex than teens are. They’re also more likely to believe there is pressure to have sex by a young age than do teens. However parents and teens are largely on the same page when it comes to oral sex – about 4 in 10 of each group agrees that oral sex is not as big of a deal as sexual intercourse.

SUMMARY TABLE: Comparing parents’ and teens’ attitudes



“Waiting to have sex is a nice idea but no one really does.”



Pressure to have sex by a certain age.



Oral sex is not as big of a deal as sexual intercourse.



Analysis by Ana Maria Arumi
Further details on the design, execution and analysis of the survey are available at or or AOL (Keyword: People).

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Mothers' Let Kids Strip For Cash In Japan

She's wearing a sailor suit schoolgirl uniform blouse on top and a G-string below. On a page of her photo spread there's a shot where she becomes cheeky in more ways than one, thrusting out her butt and turning her head to flash a sassy smile. Another page has her holding her legs up to her chest and the camera focusing on what's in-between. These may be typically smutty poses found just about anywhere in Japan, but the model in this center spread is just 13, according to Josei Seven.

Growing numbers of young girls, some of them preteens, are being thrust into ever more provocative positions and increasingly skimpy outfits to try and get them a step ahead of the jostling pack in the cutthroat world of DVD and photo collection sales, with their parents backing them all the way.

"We've always had loads of kids looking to become celebrities, but the photos they send in to us have become more and more risque. Sometimes, you'll get photos of a kid dressed in a tiny, ultra-low cut tank top and micro-miniskirt, standing there spreading her legs wide. You have to ask yourself: 'Is this really an elementary school girl?" an employee of a major talent agency tells Josei Seven.

"Seeing these little girls wearing fashions clearly designed for women in their late teens or 20s and their faces caked with make-up can be pretty overwhelming."

Parents have mixed feelings about the trend.

"I've got a girl in junior high who tells me 'these fashions are the in thing' and 'everybody's wearing them.' I don't want to come down on her too hard, because if she's too different from the other kids around her, it could make life real tough for her," one 40-year-old mother says.

Another sees no problem in dressing young girls as though they were streetwalkers.

"What's wrong with fashion that exposes a lot of skin?" a 36-year-old mom asks. "If the kids like it, let 'em wear it. I think it's kinda cute."

Yumiko Mizuno is one mother who has no qualms about letting her daughters bare it all if that means a one-way ticket down easy street. Mizuno is paying particular attention to her 11-year-old daughter who's keen on getting into showbiz.

"If we got an offer for her to do a swimsuit photo shoot, of course I'd snap it up right away. With glee," Mizuno tells Josei Seven. "Nude shots and adult movies are out, but there's absolutely nothing wrong with swimsuit shots where she puts on sexy poses. The kids may be a bit embarrassed, but they've got to learn that this is their opening to the big time."

Writer Yuki Ishikawa says moms keen to flog off their young daughters for fame at any price have adopted a too cynical view of life.

"A lot of housewives' satisfaction with life depends more on their husbands than on themselves. How they fare in life depends on how their hubbies go. They want to make their daughters into women who are going to be alluring for good men," Ishikawa says.

It's this same allure that has others worried, particularly because of the recent spate of violent crimes against children, particularly little girls.

Stage mom Mizuno, though, says such fears are unfounded.

"Even if some guy gives a girl a lecherous look, the kids know enough to just ignore him and walk away. It's all right," she says.

Others aren't so sure. In the meantime, the trend continues.

"It's become something of an issue within the business. Once upon a time, parents used to forbid their kids from being in swimsuit shots or photo shoots. Now, we get parents telling us their kids are willing to do anything, even swimsuit shots," the talent agency employee says. "We even get some parents who tell us that if we really want them to, they'll make their kids take everything off. We don't want to have to deal with that sort of thing."

But one mom says it's worth it to do whatever it takes if fame and fortune await.

"Frankly speaking, I'd feel pretty good about myself, too, if my daughter becomes famous," she says. "And if she becomes a top pin-up model, then things become easier on the financial front, too."

Scribe Ishikawa is not convinced.

"If these mothers were truly satisfied with themselves, there'd be no reason for them to put their daughters through what they're doing," Ishikawa tells Josei Seven. "The moms should work at bettering themselves. They're not happy with their lives and want something better, but have given up on doing it for themselves and are instead forcing their kids to succeed as their substitutes."

Sex Variety The Spice Of Sex Life

Women who have sex with other women or do more than just have straightforward intercourse are more likely to have orgasms, an Australian study has definitively proved.

The latest findings from the nation's largest sexuality survey unveiled on Monday shed new light on the relationship between what lovers do in the sack and whether they experience orgasm. The sex snapshot, based on interviews with more than 19,000 people, shows that standard intercourse is by far the most common sexual practice.

About 95 per cent of those interviewed engaged in the act in their last sexual encounter, while 75 per cent also had some kind of "manual stimulation". One quarter had received oral sex and only one per cent had anal sex.

The study, published in the latest Journal of Sex Research, shows that 31.1 per cent of women having heterosexual sex in their last encounter did not have an orgasm, compared to 24 per cent of those involved in lesbian sex. Only 5.2 per cent of men did not orgasm.

The researchers, from Melbourne's La Trobe University and the Universities of Sydney and NSW, said they were surprised at the "extreme discrepancies" between men and women.

One explanation, says co-author Chris Rissel, is the heavy concentration on intercourse - more "effective" for men - as the "central, almost compulsory sexual practice" for heterosexuals.

On top of this, men want sex more than women so in long-term relationships women commonly give away "freebies", he said.

The research, part of the Australian Study of Health and Relationships, clearly showed that the more sexual practices a women engages in the more likelihood she has of orgasm. For example, less than half of women who had standard intercourse on its own had an orgasm. But those who added two variations to the repertoire had up to 90 per cent "success".

Prof Rissel said these findings challenge old fashioned attitudes to women's sexuality that blame the individual if she is unable to have an orgasm.

"Much of the research on female difficulties with orgasm or with heterosexual sex in general has focused more on indirect causes, such as upbringing, attitudes, religion, marital adjustment, anxiety, previous traumatic experience," rather than form of stimulation received, the authors wrote.

They said recent attempts had been made to "medicalise" women's sexual difficulties to create a market for female Viagra.

But their findings show that "the sexual stimulation delivered to women in the typical, rigidly-scripted heterosexual interaction has more to do with whether they reach orgasm (and we suspect, enjoy sex) than with more obscure and distant causes".

Judge Tells Rape Claim Girl Conduct Was 'Evil'

WALLES,UK -- A YOUNG woman who "cried rape" was jailed yesterday after four innocent men were locked up for 36 hours.

Cinzia Sannino, 18, falsely accused the four of rape, but the friends were cleared because one filmed a party at their flat on his mobile phone.

A judge branded Sannino as "evil" after the court heard she rang police to ask for a lift home from the party,and only then claimed she was raped. Sannino met the friends, aged between 20 and 28, at a bar, before going back to one of their houses.

She stripped naked to perform a private lap-dance and was filmed "encouraging" the men to have sex with her at the flat in Seager Drive, Windsor Quay, in Cardiff Bay.

But the next morning she dialled 999 to ask to be taken home, before claiming she had been raped. Police launched an investigation and the four innocent men were locked up for 36 hours. Prosecutor Chris Lewis said, "The men were interviewed and told police remarkably similar stories.

"They said she began to lap-dance for them of her own invitation and removed her clothes until she was entirely naked. She encouraged the men to touch her sexually while she danced. They told police she then invited them to have sex with her. One of the men filmed the dancing on his mobile phone camera."

Seven-and-a-half stone Sannino - who describes herself on her website as "a wild girl who likes to have fun" - told police she had danced for the men, but had kept all her clothes on. She alleged she had felt dizzy and fell asleep, but woke up the next morning to find one of the men having sex with her. Sannino claimed another man was in the room and she thought he had also had sex with her.

She told police she felt like she had been drugged, before being raped by the two men. Sannino then phoned police asking for a lift, but when they turned her down, she told them she'd been raped.

Mr Lewis said, "At seven in the morning, she phoned police asking for a lift home. "When the operator told her the police were not a taxi service she started to cry and said she had been raped. She said she woke up to find one of the men having sex with her - she said she felt like she had been drugged."

Police drove 5ft 3in Sannino around Cardiff Bay so she could identify her alleged attacker.

A large-scale investigation, involving three doctors and a forensic team, was launched into the rape. A recently shut-down police station was reopened to handle the operation. But when police showed her the phone footage, she immediately withdrew her complaint. The court heard Sannino was out with friends in Cardiff city centre and had got heavily drunk. She met some men in a bar and agreed to go home with them.

Peter Wormald, defending, said, "This young woman went out and drank to an excess that she wasn't used to. She was in the company of a group of older men, who were used to drink more than she was and she became heavily intoxicated. She is a young woman completely over-awed by what she has brought upon herself."

Sannino, who hoped to train as a nurse after finishing at college, admitted two charges of attempting to pervert the course of justice.

Judge Roderick Evans told Sannino, "I have no doubt you had voluntary, consensual sexual intercourse with each of them. "Before, you performed a lap dance and allowed them to touch you intimately. Fortunately for them someone recorded part of your behaviour on his mobile phone. Four men were arrested, interviewed and locked up for 36 hours based on your allegations. Some people would say that your conduct was more than foolish and ill-advised - it was evil."

Sannino, of Llanishen, Cardiff, was sent to a young offenders institute for six months.

Meny Men Who Have Sex With Men Deny Being Gay

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A substantial percentage of men who have homosexual sex still consider themselves "straight," a survey of New York City men suggests.

The findings imply that doctors should not rely on a man's self-described sexual orientation in assessing his risk of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases, researchers report in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Instead, they should ask patients specific questions about their sexual behavior, according to the researchers, led by Dr. Preeti Pathela of the New York City health department.

The findings are based on a 2003 health department survey that included 4,193 men age 18 and up. Respondents were asked about their sexual behavior and their sexual orientation.

Almost 4 percent said they were homosexual, while 91 percent described themselves as "straight." The rest said they were bisexual, "unsure," or declined to answer.

But of men who considered themselves heterosexual, nearly 10 percent had had sex with a man, but no woman, in the past year, Pathela's team found. And of the 337 survey respondents who'd had sex with another man, almost 73 percent identified themselves as straight.

Cultural norms may have played a significant role in the discrepancy, according to the researchers. Foreign-born men, who make up a large proportion of New York City men, were more likely than their U.S.-born counterparts to call themselves heterosexual despite having sex with other men.

Men raised in cultures less accepting of homosexuality may be "reluctant" to identify themselves as such, Pathela's team notes, or they may have a narrow definition of what constitutes homosexuality.

In general, self-described heterosexuals, whether they had sex with men or not, had fewer sexual partners than men who said they were homosexual. However, self-described straight men who had sex with other men were less likely than gay men to have had an HIV test recently or to use condoms.

This pattern is "troubling," according to the researchers, and it highlights the need to target STD prevention messages beyond men who call themselves homosexual.

"It is of utmost importance for providers to take a sexual history that ascertains the sex of (the) partner or partners," Pathela's team writes. "Given our data, asking about a patient's sexual identity will not adequately assess his risk."

SOURCE: Annals of Internal Medicine, September 19, 2006.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Female Correctional Officer Faces Sex Charges

MURRIETA, US – A Murrieta woman who works as a correctional officer at a juvenile camp in the Cleveland National Forest was charged Friday with having sex with a 17-year-old male inmate.

Beccy Hasselbarth appeared Friday afternoon before Orange County Superior Court Judge Matthew Anderson, who set bail at $400,000 and postponed arraignment to Sept. 29 at the Laguna Niguel courthouse.

Hasselbarth, 34, faces three felony counts each of unlawful sexual intercourse and oral copulation and three misdemeanor child annoyance counts.

She also is charged with a felony count of being an accessory after the fact in connection with the boy's escape from the Los Pinos Youth Facility in Trabuco Canyon last November, said Susan Schroeder of the Orange County District Attorney's office.

Hasselbarth allegedly continued to have sex with the teen and helped him by giving him money, Schroeder said.

According to the charging document, the alleged acts took place between Feb. 1 and Oct. 31 of last year, while the youth was assigned under her supervision.

The youth was serving time at the juvenile camp for robbery, grand theft, domestic violence and vandalism, said Jim Amormino of the Orange County Sheriff's Department.

He was re-arrested in February in connection with a robbery in Los Angeles County and is in the custody of the California Youth Authority, Amormino said.

Hasselbarth was arrested Wednesday evening in Murrieta while on her way home from her job, Amormino said.

The juvenile reported the alleged unlawful sex to a social worker while in custody in Los Angeles, and the case was referred to Social Services in Orange County.

If convicted, Hasselbarth could face up to five years and eight months in prison.

Gang Sex Attack Footage Passed Between Students

Victoria, AU -- GRAPHIC footage of a gang sex attack on a schoolgirl is being passed around Victorian students via mobile phone video messages.

The cruel stunt has left its underage victim severely traumatised and humiliated, detectives say.
About four minutes of disturbing footage shows a gang of young men - some high school students - attacking the girl in a private home. Detectives believe the footage is circulating widely at two Wodonga high schools.

"It has spread like wildfire," Sen-Det Ray Causer said.

At least six attackers were believed to have been involved, although there could have been as many as 10. One is understood to be older than high school age. The maximum penalty for having sex with a minor is 10 years' jail.

The depraved video message is circulating among students at the Wodonga Secondary College's middle and senior school campuses. Detectives believe more mobile phone video clips were taken on the night. Sen-Detective Causer said the victim was hurt and humiliated.

"The victim is deeply distressed in relation to the alleged activity and she has been further embarrassed at having that footage circulated in the community," Sen-Det Causer said.

It is believed the victim, who lives in the region, was aware the assault was filmed. She appealed to her attackers to stop filming, but they refused. The attack happened at night at a private home in May. The victim is understood to have recognised the voices of some of the men.

Police have interviewed a group over the attack, although no charges have been laid. Detectives have located the phone on which the footage was taken, but believe more clips could be circulating.

"We are trying to obtain footage from anyone who has got it or has seen it," Sen-Det Causer said.
"We would appeal to anyone with information or who has seen or obtained the footage to please contact us."

He invited those with information, including anonymous tips, to call (02) 6049 2600.

Friday, September 15, 2006

Australian Health Service Gives Disabled Sex Hook-ups

A HEALTH counselling service funded by the South Australian Government is providing details of sex workers to disabled people.

Family First MLC Dennis Hood said yesterday a constituent had provided him with a copy of a list of sex workers.

Entitled "Disability-Friendly Sex Workers", the list was sent to the constituent via a suburban office of the State Government-funded sexual health education organisation, SHine SA.

"There is no mistaking the intention of the list as it includes the headings 'female sex workers' and 'male sex workers' and is followed by a series of names and mobile phone numbers and a brief description of the 'service' they provide," Mr Hood said.

"One reads 'visit you or visit me. Sensual massage, full service, young sensual blonde'."

Mr Hood said he was "shocked" SHine SA "appeared to be referring some clients to prostitutes".

SHine SA chief executive Kaisu Vartto denied the organisation referred people to prostitutes.

It did give information to "professional agencies seeking advice" on "relationship and sexual health issues that are relevant to their clients", she said.

"However, SHine SA does not give information about sex workers to individuals or initiate contact with sex workers or procure sex workers," Ms Vartto said.

"The organisation values the principle of sexual health rights for everyone. Our health and education professionals are absolutely committed to providing a service that is respectful and responsive to real needs."

Mr Hood said investigations by his office showed at least two of the women on the list operated from a brothel in the Adelaide suburb of Thebarton and he had asked Police Commissioner Mal Hyde to investigate the matter.

The list also shows the sex workers had attended training conducted by SHine SA and the Sex Industry Network, also a State Government-funded organisation.

SIN promotes sexual health among the state's sex workers and trains some in working ethically with disabled clients.

The organisation declined to comment yesterday.

"This is a gross misuse of taxpayers' money," Mr Hood said, calling on the Government to "freeze" SHine SA's funding.

A spokeswoman for SHine SA confirmed the list had been sent from the suburban office. It was not a Shine SA list but one compiled by SIN. She said the list was not provided across-the-board.

"In this instance, it was provided on one occasion," she said.

"An organisation rang and asked for the list."

The list had been compiled originally to help protect the more vulnerable people in the community who might engage sex workers, she said. A spokesman for Mr Hyde said the police would not comment on any correspondence from Mr Hood.

Campaign Against Child Sex Predators Draws Critics

By Jason Trahan and Chris Colgin

The Dallas Morning News

DALLAS, US - For a while this summer, it seemed that the usually quiet town of Murphy, Texas, was overrun with men trying to meet underage girls for sex. In separate incidents, police arrested four men on charges of online solicitation - all within about a week.

None of the men actually lived in Murphy. And it was hard to imagine that this small Collin County town had suddenly spawned an epidemic of cyber-pedophilia. So why were so many alleged child predators interested in traveling there?

Perverted Justice.

This summer, the Murphy police began working with, an Internet watchdog that received nationwide attention after helping NBC's "Dateline" run stings on dozens of men caught trolling chat rooms to meet children for sex.

Some say the volunteer organization is a selfless grass-roots movement that helps stop potential molesters before they can hurt children. Others call it a vigilante outfit that uses harassing tactics that tromp on privacy rights - including by posting online the names and addresses of innocent family members who are related to potential pedophiles. In Murphy, Perverted Justice has helped police jail a retired eye doctor, a business traveler, a former sailor who says he is addicted to sex and an office worker. All the court cases are pending.

"Every one of these men came here, or planned to, thinking they were going to meet with a 13- or 14-year-old child," said Murphy Police Chief Billy Myrick. "So even if these guys don't live in Murphy, this shows their willingness to come here, or near here, and that's a great concern for us."

Xavier Von Erck, who founded the Oregon-based site three years ago, says that his organization has been integral in more than 200 arrests and at least 76 convictions of child predators, and has exposed the deviant behavior of more than 1,000 men all over the U.S.

"We've had a conviction every week of the year so far," Von Erck said. "We don't expect that number to go down."

He added: "I want pedophiles to go to a Web site and see a 12-year-old girl or a 15-year-old boy and think to himself, 'Oh, I better not talk to them because I could get arrested and show up on a nationally viewed Web site.' I want us to work as a deterrent."

But some law enforcement experts worry that the group's aggressive actions and questionable evidence-gathering methods result in some people being treated as if they are guilty without being convicted of a crime.

"I'm a strong proponent of citizen involvement with law enforcement," said Brad Russ, director of training for the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force program, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Justice to train police across the nation to combat computer crimes. But he added: "I think it's a huge mistake when law enforcement partners with citizens to do investigations. ... I'm very concerned about entrapment issues."

At least 21 men in Texas have fallen into Perverted Justice's trap, and so far, three have been convicted, the group says. In Murphy, Perverted Justice has accounted for about one-third of the city's 13 felony arrests so far this year. "That's a big deal for a city and a department of this size," Myrick said.

Perverted Justice's roughly 60 volunteers who pose as children range in age from college freshman to retirees. They enter Internet chat rooms and wait.

Within minutes, men begin sending them private messages. They sometimes send pictures of themselves nude or masturbating. If a man solicits sex, the volunteer finagles his phone number and address. In phone calls, volunteers with young-sounding voices seal the deal.

In one of Murphy's cases, a man traveled from Tyler, Texas, to the Dallas area for a rendezvous.

"The work they do is unbelievable," said Murphy police Officer Kevin Carter, who encouraged his chief to work with Perverted Justice after seeing the group's results on "Dateline's" popular "To Catch a Predator" series.

The show - a new set of reports is airing this week - features a parade of men lured to houses around the country where they believe they are meeting children for sex. Instead, they are confronted by "Dateline" cameras. On one show, a man showed up nude to meet his prey.

Lt. Chad Bianco of the Riverside County Sheriff's Department in California said child predator investigations can take months of an investigators' time - which resource-strapped, small- to mid-sized law enforcement agencies don't have.

Perverted Justice "is a tool that costs nothing but gets the same outcome," said Bianco. His office has arrested more than 50 people in front of Dateline's cameras. "Law enforcement agencies that don't use this are dropping the ball."

When Perverted Justice started work in 2003, getting police to take the tips seriously was difficult. Nowadays, the group says that it works almost exclusively with law enforcement, posting chat transcripts only after police have secured the evidence they need to make a case.

But before it started working with police - and even now when police ignore tips or are slow to respond - the group seems to relish taking matters into its own hands.

After exposing a "wannabe pedophile," the group sometimes deploys a small online army to phone the men's wives, girlfriends and employers, and threatens to paper their neighborhoods with fliers labeling them pedophiles. Sometimes it posts the degrading pictures the men have sent to the "child" during online chats.

Only when the men apologize does Perverted Justice consider taking down their personal information. They also must prove to the group that they are in counseling by waiving their privacy rights and allowing Perverted Justice to contact their therapists, Von Erck said.

In February, Fort Worth, Texas, school percussion instructor Anthony Horton, 28, was caught talking dirty to a volunteer pretending to be 13. After news of the bust was posted online, calls poured in from "all over the United States," he later told Fort Worth school officials.

According to school documents, Perverted Justice told him that unless he sought help and could prove it, they would begin printing fliers labeling him a pedophile.

Horton, who used the screen names "arlingtonhungman" and "johnholmes817," wrote an apology to the group, known by Perverted Justice as a "right of reply" and available to all men busted by the site.

Horton could not be reached for comment, but in his apology message, which is still online, he wrote: "I would never ever even think about sleeping with an underage girl. ... I am truly sorry, and will never in my life, go into another chat room." Within hours of quitting his teaching job on Feb. 28, Irving, Texas, police arrested him after they say he tried to solicit one of their officers posing as a 14-year-old. The case is pending in state court.

Von Erck said his group's tactics are far from harsh, given the nature of the men it's exposing. "I don't regret anything that we've done. ... We're posting truthful information, and we're alerting the public to it. In a way, it's analogous to the sex offender registry."

But sex offender registries don't "list the names and background information of neighbors, employers and family members of the accused," said Scott Morrow, founder of, a Web site he launched to warn the public about Von Erck's tactics.

Perverted Justice members share information about their targets in internal forums, encouraging "contact" with them and their families. Morrow said that amounts to harassment "designed to destroy a person's life."

Some computer crimes experts say the group has good intentions but is endangering people's rights and could derail cases by leading a perpetrator into talk about sex and otherwise interfering with legitimate police investigations.

For example, a Massachusetts athletic director was "busted" by Perverted Justice but avoided prosecution in 2004 after authorities couldn't find his computer hard drive.

Von Erck said the case was an anomaly. He points out that an assistant principal in Rhode Island was convicted after his encounter with Perverted Justice - even though his hard drive also disappeared.

The FBI won't say whether it would recommend that law enforcement agencies work with Perverted Justice, although the bureau has successfully pursued men busted by the group.

"We welcome any tips that help us solve a crime," said Paul Bresson, an FBI spokesman in Washington. But he added, "we don't encourage the public to take action. ... There are potential risks trying to take matters into your own hands."

In Texas, Perverted Justice says, it has written agreements with 14 police agencies - which Von Erck declined to name – promising that if volunteers identify a potential predator, they'll contact the authorities.

Numerous cases are working their way through the courts, and at least three men have been convicted in cases out of Lubbock, Killeen and a San Antonio federal court.

But many of Texas' largest police departments - most with their own cyber-crimes unit - say they probably wouldn't partner with Perverted Justice.

Lt. Ches Williams, the head of Dallas' Crimes Against Children Unit, widely recognized as a national leader in cyber-investigation tactics, said he would accept tips from the group, but that's about it.

"We just can't take that evidence and go straight to court, unless we can verify it's accurate," he said. "We might build on what is given to us, but we have to be completely satisfied that we are meeting all the legal requirements."

Police officials in San Antonio and Austin said they had no plans to work with Perverted Justice.

Fort Worth police would "reluctantly" work with such a group, said Lt. K. Rodricks, who heads that department's special investigations section. "We don't want to get in the business of adding to Internet vigilantism."

Von Erck said his group has long had to weather criticism from some out-of-touch pockets of law enforcement. The former tech support worker, who legally changed his name several years ago, spends all his time running Perverted Justice, relying on meager T-shirt sales and a controversial one-time $100,000 consulting fee paid by "Dateline."

In Murphy, Chief Myrick is glad his department made the call to Perverted Justice.

"We felt like this was an important enough category of crime that we wanted to jump in there," he said. "We want to keep these people from even having the opportunity to come to our city."



24.8 million: The number of children ages 10 to 17 who use the Internet

13 percent: Children who have been sexually solicited online

4 percent: Children aggressively solicited after online contact (through meeting requests, phone conversations, gifts, etc.)

1 percent: Children asked to run away from home by a solicitor

5 percent: Online sex solicitations reported to authorities

12 percent: Children who told their parents about online solicitations

2: Number of children out of 1,500 surveyed who said they were sexually assaulted by someone who solicited them online. (Both were girls, and authorities were told in both cases.)

SOURCES: A study funded by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. For the study, 1,500 children between 10 and 17 were interviewed in 2005, and U.S. Census Bureau population statistics were used to extrapolate the number of total children thought to be Internet users.