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Teenage pregnancy or child rape?

By Dr Margaret Nakhid-Chatoor

Teenage pregnancy is not a new issue, as most of the comments in the newspapers would have us believe. Neither is the prevalence particular to Trinidad and Tobago as globally, countries have reported that there have been rising rates in early sexual activity, hypersexualised teenagers and increased peer pressure to ‘try a ting, nuh girl!’.

This is an alarming social issue and when we encounter a teenager or child who is pregnant, instead of jumping to conclusions, let us ask the questions: Are you a victim of sexual abuse? Have you been raped?

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