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  • 02:43:48 pm on February 22, 2010 | 0

    The year has hardly started and already the news about our female teenagers is about as encouraging as the Christmas gas bill.  Let’s get the bad news out of the way:

    Teenage girls are unhappier than ever because of how they look

    • Breast implants sales up 150%! Why, because teenage girls have become big spenders in the game

    • Quarter of teenage girls are victims of sexual abuse

    • Over half them feel it’s the women to blame because of how they dress

    • Teenage pregnancies are on the increase

    • Quarter of teenage girls have been physically abused by their boyfriends….
    But it’s not all doom and gloom.  Take the Girls House in Sydenham, a place dedicated to making a difference for our teenagers. The Girls’ House started off in Lewisham before setting up in Sydenham in the face of local opposition.  It’s a place where young girls can meet, learn about their locality and their rights and discuss issues that matter to them.
    I went along to find out if it works, wondering whether it might be just another sticking plaster solution.  Christina Fuller and Julia Mansall soon put me right.
    I was blown away by these two young women within five minutes of meeting them, especially by Christine, a 19-year old volunteer, who is part of the steering group.  If she was my daughter, I’d be proud to bits.  A street-wise, eloquent young lady, she knew her stuff.  Christine spoke with knowledge and passion. So much so that she was able to inspire my 12-year old niece, Lechon into attending.

    They brought tears to my eyes too when they told me about the current state of affairs for our young teens on the streets of Lewisham, Sydenham and surrounding areas.  I struggled to avoid saying, ‘it weren’t like that in my day.’ Let’s face it; there are moaners and there are doers.
    No prizes for guessing which Christine and Julia are.  Good on them.
    Getting Your Groove Back  tip:

    The government has thrown a lot of money at teenage issues. It’s not only about money. My Getting Your Groove Back tip is this:  Local people can solve local problems.  Believe.  Get involved and if at first you don’t succeed, try and try again.

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