Teenagers will be groomed by a culture of incest, the author says.
The study by University of Calgary sociologist Jennifer Cope, published in the journal Sexuality Research & Therapy, suggests that while the age of consent in Canada is 18, there is still a great deal of incestuous grooming going on among young people.
“We see a great number of young people being groomers,” Cope said.
“We see the kind of things that they do in their bedrooms, and they have access to very graphic images of other young people, and that’s where it becomes a bit problematic.”
Cope said the sexual grooming is more subtle and subtle in nature than some would expect.
“In a lot of ways, what we see is young people are being forced to be intimate with someone else’s body.
I think there’s a sense of shame and a sense that it’s not right that they have a sexual relationship with another person.”
The study also found that young people were being groom in a way that didn’t involve the use of force, and there was a high rate of coercion and sexual violence.
Curry said that while there was no doubt about what was happening, there was also no doubt that there was abuse going on.
“I think that when you have a young person who has not been exposed to violence, and is also not sexually active, it’s even more difficult to see that as abuse,” she said.
It is estimated that around 2,000 to 3,000 Canadians are sexually abused every year.
The most common forms of abuse include rape, forced oral sex, fondling and anal sex.
The research found that about one-quarter of the perpetrators are female.
Read more about the study at the University of Alberta website.