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Sexual Activity and Father Absence
"If our daughters are to flower, they need optimal
growing conditions: Almost always this means eing
lovingly cared for by mother and father. It is
from her mother that a girl learns to be a woman;
it is from her father that she learns what to
expect from men in the way of love and respect."
Evelyn Bassoff, Ph.D., Cherishing Our Daughters:
How Parents Can Raise Girls to Become Strong and
Loving Women, 1998.
"Today with the rise in illegitamacy and divorce, fewer
fathers are around to protect and defend their
daughtersÕ saftey and honor. With more girls lacking
the love and attention that only a father can ive,
more of them are willing to settle for perverse
alternatives, namely, seeking intimacy with predatory
Gracie S. Hsu, "Leaving the Vulnerable Open to
Abuse," Perspective, September 9, 1996.
"Having loving parents you can talk to can help reduce
teen pregnancy. Fathers [especially] are very
influential in the decision to have sex,"
Survey of teenage girls conducted by Mark Clements
Research, as cited in Parade, February 2, 1997.
The family income of black two-parent families is almost
three times the family income of white single parent
families and children in white single-parent families are
2.5 times more likely to be living in poverty as are the
children in black two-parent families.
Source: William Galston, "Beyond the Murphy Brown
Debate: Ideas for Family Policy," remarks given at
the Family Policy Symposium sponsored by The
Institute for American Values, New York, New York,
December 10, 1993.
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