Teen charity hits out at ‘encouraging threesomes’ claim




A teen charity funded by the State has hit out at critics who claim it is encouraging young people to spice up relationships by having “threesomes”.

Spunout.ie came under fire after a weekend newspaper alleged the charity, which regularly offers advice to young people on a variety of issues, was promoting the practice.

The reports said the charity, which receives €124,000 in annual State funding, told teens that threesomes could “inject serious passion into their bedroom shenanigans”.

The reports added that the charity advised any young person participating in threesomes to choose someone they do not have strong feelings for, as threesomes should be saved “for a bit of fun”.

However, in a statement last night a spokesperson for Spunout said the newspaper claims are misleading.

“Young people are having sex whether the Sunday Independent or Michelle Mulherin [a Fine Gael TD who said there was ‘nothing right’ about the advice] like it or not.

“Some of them are having sex with more than one person, and sometimes with more than one person at the one time.

“Research shows the average age at which teens start to engage in sexual activity is getting younger, particularly in urban areas. HSE data from 2006 shows the average age at which a young person has sex for the first time is 17.

“Education needs to begin earlier than the age of first sex and it is widely accepted that sexual education in Irish schools is both of poor quality and inconsistent.

“Spunout.ie believes in the ability of young people to make the right decision for themselves once they have access to quality and reliable information, such as the information provided by our website.

“We do not promote threesomes; we arm young people with the facts about them.

“All too often, older generations avoid having conversations with their young people about difficult subjects. This is particularly true in relation to sex,” added the spokesperson.

“Silence does not breed confidence, instead it creates fear and confusion.”

However, conservative think-tank the Iona Institute said Health Minister James Reilly should consider suspending all funding via the HSE to www.spunout.ie until the matter is fully investigated.

“Public funding for the website should be suspended because of its radically pro-choice philosophy, its promotion of an extremely permissive approach to sexual behaviour among teenagers, and because of the way in which the role of parents in the lives of their teenage children is almost completely sidelined by the site,” the group’s spokeswoman Breda O’Brien said.

“Does Dr Reilly seriously believe this is a good use of public money?”


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