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WHY DISCUSSING MASTURBATION MATTERS This column was written by Abby Buwalda, Project Officer Early and Forced Marriages

“You should not touch yourself down there. If you do, you will feel bad afterwards” argues Trisa. Artness, standing at the other side of the room, is quick to respond: “No, no, no! Afterwards you will feel really good actually!” To make her argument stronger, she points at her ‘down there’ and gives Trisa a confident smile. All the girls in the room start to giggle. Trisa gets support from a friend: “But you should be a strong woman and not touch yourself, it will make it more difficult to abstain.” “Girls, let’s be real, most young people don’t achieve to abstain until marriage anyway!” replies Emmily, at Artness’ side.

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