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Table 12 Perceptions of community beliefs regarding girls’ responsibilities and motivations for ATS

From: Personal beliefs and social norms regarding the sexual exploitation of girls in age-disparate transactional sexual relationships in Brazil: a mixed-methods study

  Responses Age group Gender
Phrases Most people or everyone Half Few or no one No answer Df = 12 Df = 3
How many people in your community believe that… n (%) n (%) n (%) n (%) x2, p-value x2, p-value
A girl with a developed body is ready to have sex 149 (36.2) 72 (17.5) 167 (40.5) 24 (5.8) 18.693, 0.096 2.793, 0.425
A girl with a developed body has the maturity to make decisions about her sexual partners and relations 136 (33.0) 75 (18.2) 175 (42.5) 26 (6.3) 17.856, 0.120 12.533, 0.001
A girl can refuse to get involved with a man that wants to be with her 230 (55.8) 78 (18.9) 85 (20.6) 19 (4.6) 18.355, 0.105 2.420, 0.490
If a girl responds positively to the advances of a man on the street, she should have sex with him 122 (29.6) 74 (18.0) 189 (45.9) 27 (6.6) 13.753, 0.317 3.973, 0.264
Girls that spend a lot of time in the street are available to get involved with men 187 (45.4) 73 (17.7) 136 (33.0) 16 (3.9) 15.883, 0.197 12.675, 0.005
Girls that use short skirts are looking for male attention 201 (48.8) 64 (15.5) 137 (33.3) 10 (2.4) 13.256, 0.351 12.812, 0.005
Girls that accept presents or protection from men should repay with sex 132 (32.0) 74 (18.0) 180(43.7) 26 (6.3) 12.889, 0.377 3.131, 0.372
Girls of 12 years old or younger are able to choose their sexual partners and relationships 58 (14.1) 49 (11.9) 281 (68.2) 22 (5.3) 9.722, 0.640 13.865, 0.003
Girls of 13 to 14 years old are able to choose their sexual partners and relationships 85 (20.6) 55 (13.3) 142 (34.5) 20 (4.9) 10.960, 0.532 4.702, 0.195
Girls of 15 years old or older are able to choose their sexual partners and relationships 179 (43.4) 98 (23.8) 119 (28.9) 16 (3.9) 19.652, 0.074 5.758, 0.124