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Child health
Adolescent girls are susceptible to sexual pressure, coercion and victimisation and strategies need to be developed and aimed at males and females to prevent this
  1. Yvonne Wilkinson
  1. Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Hull, Hull, UK
  1. Correspondence to Mrs Yvonne Wilkinson, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Hull, Hull HU6 7RX, UK; Y.M.Wilkinson{at}

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Commentary on: Morrison-Beedy D, Grove L. Adolescent girls’ experiences with sexual pressure, coercion, and victimization: #MeToo. Worldviews Evid Based Nurs 2018;15:225–229.

Implications for practice and research

  • The power imbalance within sexual relationships needs to be addressed; sex and relationship education should focus around consent, issues of respect and gender harassment.

  • Research exploring the attitudes of young males towards sexual relationships, including sexual pressure and coercion, may provide valuable insight in order to develop appropriate sexual health promotion programmes.


The #MeToo campaign and the use of social media have highlighted and brought to the forefront of society the sexual pressure, coercion and victimisation of women that has been an experience of women across time.1 Tarana Burke began using the phrase ‘me too’ more than 10 years ago when as an activist she supported women of colour surviving sexual abuse. More recently high-profile cases such as the allegations against Harvey Weinstein have enabled all women …

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