The Pittsburgh Press from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on January 29, 1978 · Page 14
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ili-14 Pittsburgh Press, Sun., Jon. 29, 1978 Children Uninformed At Home si ' Bachman Blames Parents For High VD Rate 1 Tt 1 . "V fl Pi if J i 1 r , , hi j'-' I" v1-- J- w v L ' ',1VI.H', . .1 w - V J J ' 1 By DOLORES FREDERICK Press Science Writer State Health Secretary Leonard Bachman blames parents tor what he calls the "shockingly" high incidence of venereal disease among teens and young adults in Pennsylvania. Many parents are waiting too long to talk to their children about sex or avoiding sex education altogether, he feels. He also charged many parents are failing to impart the moral responsibilities of sex to their children, thus contributing to "irresponsible" sex and high VD rates. He said sex education should begin as early as 5 years old. If parents have children between the "sensitive" ages of 5 and 12, he said, they should answer their Questions about sex. They are "too late" if they wait until the child is 8 or older to discuss sex the first time he said, because the child will have probably heard about it already outside the home and without the guidance of his parents. The state's VD report to be released Tuesday shows a "shocking" increase of VD among teens and adults under 24. But it says gonorrhea and syphilis -the two major types of VD - generally decreased last year in Pennsylvania. In Allegheny County, Dr. Leonard B. Volkin, director of the county's VD program, also blamed the lack of education in the schools for the high inci- Mister Rogers Gets Pitt Fraternity Honor Fred Rogers, creator of the award-winning TV show, "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," has received the 1977-78 fay Leader Award from the Three Rivers Chapter, University of Pittsburgh, Phi Delta Kappa fraternity. The award, won last year by Press Outdoors Editor Roger 'Latham, was made at a dinner last night by a committee headed by Daniel E. Moore, coordinator of pupil personnel for Mt. Lebanon schools. dence of the diseases amnnt (mim anil young adults here. Last year, he said 5,327 gonorrhea cases were reported in the county, an increase of 16 per cent over the 4,576 cases reported here in 1976. Eighty-five per cent of gonorrhea cases occurred among people between 15 and 29 years old. There were 138 reported syphilis cases here last year, down from 156 cases in 1976. In many cases, Volkin said parents have opposed VD education in the schools. In a survey he conducted here four years ago, Volkin said VD education ranged from "almost zero" to a few "very good" courses in high schools. In some schools, he said there were only "a couple of hours of health education." He said VD education should begin in the 7th grade when students are 12. "Many students have become sexually active by the time they reach the 10th or 12th grade. Teaching them about VD then would be a little too late," he said. Parental attitudes toward sex education and VD haven't kept up with the sexual revolution which was ushered in by the Pill in the 1960s, he feels. Meanwhile, Bachman said it's apparent "too many parents are abdicating their responsibility to teach and discuss with their children not only the facta of life but their own views' on morality and ethical behavior." "Why shouldn't it be the responsibility of parents to tell their sons and daughters how life is passed on from parents to child, how a baby is born, now children grow up, and how they change from childhood to adolescence? he asked. Ice Fishing Clinic Set Pwt Stat Wirt GREENSBURG - An Ice Fishing Clinic and Derby, sponsored by the Westmoreland County Department of Parks and Recreation, will be at 1 p.m. Feb. 19 at Twin Lakes Park. 1 v1,,. y ,'Vtx. t3 I i,' , v i - - v " . V f UPI Teiephoto MURDER SUSPECT Lionel Williams, held in the 1976 slaying of actor Sal Mineo, was taken in handcuffs to his arraignment last week in Los Angeles after he was indicted on one murder count. Mineo was stabbed to death near his Hollywood apartment. Teen Prostitute Law Needed, City Cop Says 1 1 Keg 1 ' i K By ROBERT JOHNSON Legislative changes are needed to stem the rising tide of teen-age prostitution here and in other parts of the state, says city Detective John Hannigan. Flannigan. head of the youlh and sex assault squad, said Juvenile Division judges should be given "the final say" in dealing with the problem. Flannigan explained the w limitations p placed on the Adjudges: ' l& "A child who FLANNKiAN is incorrigible and runs away from home hasn't broken an law and can't be sent to a state youth development renter (a facility tor juvenile ollend-crsi. . "Incorrigihles and runaways are considered 'deprived' and fall under the jurisdiction of Child Welfare Services." Flannigan said I he service "can only place juveniles in a non-ronfining setting" such as Melntvre Shelter in the North Hills. The result, he continued, is "a revolving-door situation'' with youngsters leaving the shelters at will and being returned. If judges were empowered to subject certain deprived children to tighter security, teen-age prostitution would be reduced significantly, Flannigan said. - He contended that the number of prostitutes under IS has increased here and elsewhere in the state because of the laxity of the laws governing juveniles. "A lot of girls are too immature for placement in a non-confining setting. Running away is easy, and they keep doing it," Flannigan said. Flannigan said the girls are easily exploited by panderers who offer not only a source of income but also a sordid kind of "family" situation. Citing the recent arrest of Fletcher "Silver Bullet" Jones, of 1130 Lee Drive, Moon Township, detectives say they are making progress in combatting teen-age prostitution. Jones, linked to "a teen-age prostitution ring" by police lias been held for court action. The charges include prostitution, corrupting the morals of a minor, interfering with the custody of a committed person la 17-year-old girl) and criminal conspiracy. Police said the 17-year-old was a runaway from Wayriesburg Youth Development Center. " Another girl wham Jones allegedly set up in prostitution was a 15-vcar-old runaway from Melntvre Shelter, according to police. Detectives said investigation of the case lias revealed hints of "a large-scale prostitution ring" involving the interstate transport of girls for immoral purposes. An FBI official declined to comment on those claims. only on these selected pieces 8 pieces $1 If shopsgate'N xm. VVl-.VvV .. mm ilfll Y - ' ' ' ,1. ' v. 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