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Children Having Children

Friday, May 18, 2012

The Cheraw Chronicle-Although the numbers have declined in recent years, the percentage of teenage pregnancies in Chesterfield County still remains more than twice the national average, prompting Chesterfield County Council’s proclamation that May shall be Teen Pregnancy Prevention Awareness Month. According to statistics provided by the Chesterfield County Coordinating Council (CCCC), teen birth rates declined by 15 percent as recently as 2010. Yet, in that same year, 94 Chesterfield County girls, ages 15-19, gave birth. Margaret Plettinger Mitchell, director for the Chesterfield County Coordinating Council, read the proclamation before council earlier this month which reads in part: “The progress in teen birth rate reductions that saved South Carolina taxpayers an estimated $127 million in 2008 alone should not suggest decreases in investment and commitment to this issue.” Pregnancy, however, is not the only issue Chesterfield County’s teenagers are facing. According to Mitchell, the following statistics were derived specifically from Chesterfield County. These are not national statistics, this is what’s happening here, said Mitchell:

• More than 75 percent of teenage girls reported knowing a girl victim of dating violence.

• More than 53 percent of teenage girls reported knowing a girl victim of family violence.

• About 71 percent of teenage girls reported they knew a male perpetrator.

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