I work with young teens in trouble - That is the generic phrase for what I do. I work with children who have various substance abuse problems usually tied to some sort of abuse such as sexual or emotional or physical.
Taking this job I expected certain things from the kids, for instance: I expected them to be somewhat defiant, questioning authority, willful and possibly some rudeness…
I got most of what I expected…however, I got one more thing I didn’t expect. Nearly 80% of the teens I work with have reported one or more sexual acts with the same sex. Nearly 70% of that number report wanting to be with a same sex partner indefinitely.
My questions are thus: Do these numbers seem high to anyone?
Does anyone think there is a certain amount of experiemtnation going on with same sex teen partners that is normal or expected?
Have any teachers out there in mainstream highschools and middle schools seen other such phenomena? How about parents?