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 In Mozambique A Rapist Can Force His Victim To Marry Him. Here’s How You Can Help. 

Reported by MTV Act.

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A wedding is supposed to be a happy occasion, but in some parts of the world a rapist can force his victim into marriage so he won’t be charged with sexual assault.

Mozambique, a country in Africa, is considering making this loophole into law. A man could sexually assault a woman, make her marry him, and then get away with it because he “did the right thing.”

Morocco had the same law until recently. 16-year-old Amina Filali was one example out of many there — she was sexually assaulted, forced into marriage with her rapist, and then she committed suicide, viewing it as the only way out. Amina’s story, however, managed to make big headlines, and Morocco felt the heat so much they changed the law.

Now with Mozambique considering the whole “sexual assault is okay if it ends with marriage” law, we need to let our voices be heard. Amnesty International has set up a quick petition you can sign. If enough people know about this proposed law and speak out about it, it could stop it from happening. As Amnesty International says, “No means no – not ‘I do.’ ”

That is true everywhere. “No” always means “no.” Consent needs to be granted to begin with, and consent can always be taken away. For instance, you can say “Yes” to someone one night and “No” another night. No one can touch your body without your permission, just as you can’t touch someone else’s body without theirs.

If you or someone you know are ever in a situation that isn’t consensual, you can reach out to RAINN for help or call at 1-800-656-HOPE.

Photo: (Amnesty International)

 Farrah Abraham’s ‘Blowin’ Video: A Shareable, Lyric-By-Lyric Guide 

Reported by MTV Remote Control.

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Farrah Abraham is once again “blowin” up all over the Internet. The good news? It has nothing to do with a sex tape. The bad news? She’s still not getting any love from the public. Like, any. Yesterday, the former “Teen Mom” cast member released a music video for her new single, “Blowin,” to not-so-stellar reviews; however, the frequency by which the You Tube link was passed around was incredibly impressive. The girl certainly has a way of keeping herself relevant!

Much of the chatter around Farrah’s video was focused on its imagery (shots include the single mom — clad in a billowy, ethereal dress — holding her daughter Sophia in the park and snappin’ selfies with fans at the club), as well as the self-written lyrics, so we’ve taken the liberty of creating a shareable, frame-by-frame presentation that combines both. Behold, Farrah Abraham’s “Blowin” in pictures.

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 Selfless Snaps: Gabrielle Union Stands Up For Sexual Assault Survivors 

Reported by MTV Act.

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Gabrielle Union was sexually assaulted when she was younger, and now she is bravely speaking out as a survivor.

Gabrielle spoke at the Call of the Game Dinner, then shared some images afterward on Instagram.

She wrote, “Sat night I was honored to co-host the #callofthegamedinner to speak about being a rape survivor and to highlight #laurenskids foundation that helps children who’ve been abused. It is NEVER easy to talk about my journey from rape victim to survivor but I recognize the greater good that comes from my speaking out. I live for the day when I don’t hear ‘It happened to me too’ … That day hasn’t come yet… So I continue to do the work… Whatever it takes. Always remember you aren’t alone, ppl DO care, and there IS help. So to all the survivors, to all the strong but don’t know it yet and ESP to all those struggling to find hope… Love, Light, Healing and Many Blessings”.

Lauren’s Kids is an org founded by Lauren Book, a woman who was sexually abused as a child and who doesn’t want to see that happen to others. She has speaking engagements around the nation and teaches both kids and adults about sexual abuse through in-school curriculum.

One third of girls and one fifth of boys are sexually abused before turning 18. Sexual abuse is never okay, and Gabrielle is right that people do care and there is help available. You can always call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800-656-HOPE or live chat with someone at RAINN, the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network. You are not alone.

 Former ‘Teen Mom’ Farrah Abraham Releases Video For New Song, ‘Blowin’ 

Reported by MTV Remote Control.

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Farrah Abraham’s new song is called “Blowin.”

Good news for anyone who ever wondered if/when former “Teen MomFarrah Abraham would release new music following her 2012 album debut, My Teenage Dream Ended (the accompanying soundtrack to her memoir of the same name). Earlier today, Farrah uploaded a video for her dance-pop song, “Blowin.” Featuring an appearance by her adorable daughter, Sophia, as well as live-action screen shots of her various social media pages, the video captures the true essence of the single mom.

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Farrah is a dancing avatar in her video for “Blowin.”

Also in the video, Farrah takes time out to hang out with fans and let them snap selfies with her. Later, she is touched by their RTs and ongoing support.

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Farrah always has time for her fans.

Written and produced by the controversialCouple’s Therapy” cast member, “Blowin” expresses a message of female empowerment and strength, especially when bullies try to drag you down. For example, there are valuable lessons to be learned in lyrics like, “Let the hate stack up/Positivity push through,” which is wisdom Sophia can definitely benefit from.

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Farrah and Sophia wear matching chiffon.

Watch the official video for Farrah’s new song, “Blowin,” and tell us if it blows you away.

Also check out: MTV’s “Being Farrah” follow-up special for the real story on the former teen mom’s sex tape:

Photo: Farrah Abraham’s Twitter

 Birth Control Sabotage Exists + You Need To Know About It 

Reported by MTV Act.

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It’s estimated that  almost 1 in 10 American women are affected by reproductive coercion, a form of abuse in which her partner tries to control her through her reproductive health. This includes not letting her use birth control, forcing her to get pregnant against her will and/or not letting her make decisions about her own pregnancy.

Birth control sabotage is a form of reproductive coercion in which a partner tries to control his significant other’s use of birth control and try to force a pregnancy. It’s done as a form of power and control. And while reproductive coercion is a type of domestic abuse, it’s not one many people know about.

To bring more light to the issue, I spoke with expert Elizabeth Miller, MD, Ph.D., Chief, Division of Adolescent Medicine, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.

ACT: What are birth control sabotage and reproductive coercion? How common are they?

DR. MILLER: Reproductive coercion includes a range of controlling and abusive behaviors that includes pressuring a woman to get pregnant against her wishes, preventing her from using birth control, and controlling the outcomes of a pregnancy. While these behaviors often are associated with other forms of abuse in the relationship, such as physical, sexual or emotional abuse, we have also found that some women report experiencing reproductive coercion, and have not experienced physical or sexual abuse by that partner.

This means that for some women, they may not immediately recognize that his removing condoms during sex, telling her not to use birth control or saying things like “We’re going to have beautiful babies together,” may, in fact, be a way for him to keep her in his life forever.

Because we so often hear people talk about how girls ‘trapped’ a guy by getting pregnant, it is surprising to hear that this can work the other way as well. That male partners may sometimes coerce their partners to get pregnant, including refusing to use condoms, removing condoms during sex, preventing her from using birth control, and actively removing her patch or vaginal ring, or throwing away birth control pills. The entire range of behaviors is called “reproductive coercion.” “Birth control sabotage” is specifically the active interference with contraception.

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ACT:  How common is it?

DR. MILLER: We estimate about 9% of women in the country are affected by reproductive coercion. In our studies, about a quarter of women report ever experience this. We also find that this is more common among the adolescents and younger women in our studies.

[Editor’s Note: these particular studies she mentions were done with women seeking care in family planning/women's health clinics. The National Domestic Violence Hotline has also said that 1 in 4 of its callers have experienced reproductive coercion.]

ACT: How does fit in with other types of abuse?

DR. MILLER: Reproductive coercion is another way in which male partners can attempt to have power and control in their relationship. By getting her pregnant, he may think he can keep her in his life and make sure she doesn’t go somewhere else, for example.

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ACT: What are some stereotypes about birth control sabotage that need to be kicked to the curb?

DR. MILLER: Historically, we’ve heard about girls who ‘trick’ their boyfriends about being on birth control and get pregnant on purpose. While there is no doubt that such behaviors occur, we are trying to highlight that this phenomenon of birth control sabotage does occur and results in unplanned, unwanted pregnancies (which are bad for women’s health; we want pregnancies to be wanted, planned and timed).

ACT: What are the warning signs of this going on? If you suspect your partner might be doing it, where can you get help?

DR. MILLER: Your partner [might say] things like “Hey, you’re going to have my baby,” even if you don’t want to be pregnant; your partner [may get] angry at you when he finds out you’re using birth control.

Your local domestic violence and sexual assault services [can help you]. The National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-SAFE can connect you. Also, check out Know More Say More.

[Editor's Note: You can also live chat with a trained professional to get help. It's private, save and secure.]

ACT: How can you help a friend who might be going through this?

DR. MILLER: If you have a friend who is experiencing this, please help her to understand that this is not her fault. You could say something like, “I was just reading about how some guys try to control their female partners by purposefully getting them pregnant. That feels so wrong and abusive to me.” Please also offer to your friend some information that could provide more counseling and support for her.

Assure her that she is not alone, tell her that you care about her and that she deserves to be treated with respect and that no one has a right to control her body. Offer her the website information above.

ACT: How can people spread awareness and work against reproductive coercion and birth control sabotage?

DR. MILLER: Talk to your friends; help us to train healthcare providers to recognize this; integrate discussion of healthy relationships into teen pregnancy prevention programs so that we can raise awareness about this.

We also need to talk to the good men in our lives and to start to change the way in which men think about their female partners — not as objects to be controlled and possessed.

Photos: Getty

 Birth Control Sabotage Exists. And You Need To Know About It. 

Reported by MTV Act.

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It’s estimated almost one in ten American women are affected by reproductive coercion, a form of abuse in which her partner tries to control her through her reproductive health. This includes not letting her use birth control, forcing her to get pregnant against her will and then not letting her make her own decisions about her pregnancy.

Birth control sabotage is a form of reproductive coercion where a partner tries to control their significant other’s use of birth control and try to force a pregnancy. It’s done as a form of power and control. And while reproductive coercion is a type of domestic abuse, it’s not one many people know about.

To bring more light to the issue, I spoke with expert Elizabeth Miller, MD, PhD, Chief, Division of Adolescent Medicine, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.

ACT: What are birth control sabotage and reproductive coercion? How common are they?

DR. MILLER: Reproductive coercion includes a range of controlling and abusive behaviors that includes pressuring a woman to get pregnant against her wishes, preventing her from using birth control, and controlling the outcomes of a pregnancy. While these behaviors often are associated with other forms of abuse in the relationship, such as physical, sexual or emotional abuse, we have also found that some women report experiencing reproductive coercion, and have not experienced physical or sexual abuse by that partner.

This means that for some women, they may not immediately recognize that his removing condoms during sex, telling her not to use birth control, or saying things like “We’re going to have beautiful babies together,” may in fact be a way for him to keep her in his life forever.

Because we so often hear people talk about how girls ‘trapped’ a guy by getting pregnant, it is surprising to hear that this can work the other way as well. That male partners may sometimes coerce their partners to get pregnant, including refusing to use condoms, removing condoms during sex, preventing her from using birth control, and actively removing her patch or vaginal ring, or throwing away birth control pills. The entire range of behaviors is called “reproductive coercion.” “Birth control sabotage” is specifically active interference with contraception.

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ACT:  How common is it?

DR. MILLER: We estimate about 9% of women in the country are affected by reproductive coercion. In our studies, about a quarter of women report ever experiencing this. We also find that this is more common among the adolescents and younger women in our studies.

[Editor’s Note: these particular studies she mentions were done with women seeking care in family planning/women's health clinics. The National Domestic Violence Hotline has also said that one in four of its callers have experienced reproductive coercion.]

ACT: How does fit in with other types of abuse?

DR. MILLER: Reproductive coercion is another way in which male partners can attempt to have power and control in their relationship. By getting her pregnant, he may think he can keep her in his life and make sure she doesn’t go somewhere else, for example.

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ACT: What are some stereotypes about birth control sabotage that need to be kicked to the curb?

DR. MILLER: Historically, we’ve heard about girls who ‘trick’ their boyfriends about being on birth control and get pregnant on purpose. While there is no doubt that such behaviors occur, we are trying to highlight that this phenomenon of birth control sabotage does occur and results in unplanned, unwanted pregnancies (which are bad for women’s health — we want pregnancies to be wanted, planned, and timed).

ACT: What are the warning signs of this going on? If you suspect your partner might be doing it, where can you get help?

DR. MILLER: Your partner saying things like “Hey, you’re going to have my baby” even if you don’t want to be pregnant; your partner getting angry at you when he finds out you’re using birth control.

Your local domestic violence and sexual assault services [can help you]. The National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-SAFE can connect you. Also, check out Know More Say More.

[Editor's Note: You can also live chat with a trained professional to get help. It's private, save and secure.]

ACT: How can you help a friend who might be going through this?

DR. MILLER: If you have a friend who is experiencing this, please help her understand that this is not her fault. You could say something like, “I was just reading about how some guys try to control their female partners by purposefully getting her pregnant. That feels so wrong and abusive to me.” Please also offer to your friend some information that could provide more counseling and support for her.

Assure her that she is not alone, tell her that you care about her and that she deserves to be treated with respect and that no one has a right to control her body.

Offer her the website information above.

ACT: How can people spread awareness and work against reproductive coercion and birth control sabotage?

DR. MILLER: Talk to your friends; help us to train healthcare providers to recognize this; integrate discussion of healthy relationships into teen pregnancy prevention programs so that we can raise awareness about this.

We also need to talk to the good men in our lives and to start to change the way in which men think about their female partners — not as objects to be controlled and possessed.

Photos: Getty

 4 Facts About Sex From ‘Real World: Ex-Plosion’ Pregnancy Scare Episode 

Reported by MTV Act.

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By Melissa Unger

An unplanned pregnancy can be one of the biggest challenges anyone can face and on this season of “Real World: Ex-Plosion,” one couple, Lauren and Cory, experience it.

After feeling nauseous, Lauren takes an in-home pregnancy test and discovers that she is pregnant. A scared Lauren turns to Cory and whispers to him the news. This the second time in the 22-year history of “The Real World” that a pregnancy is announced on the show but Lauren is going through something that’s all too familiar. According to the Guttmacher Institute, “about half (51%) of the 6.6 million pregnancies in the United States each year (3.4 million) are unintended.”

And in case you’re wondering, the first pregnancy scare was back in 1993. On “Real World: Los Angeles,” Tami found out she was pregnant, terminated her pregnancy and stayed on the show.

As emotions run high, Lauren and Cory face difficult decisions, having to be honest with each other and the unknown with this unplanned pregnancy. Both are confused and unsure about the facts of pregnancy.  So to clear up the air, here are 4 facts about sex from tonight’s “Real World” episode. Shall we?

+ Fact: You have to wait 2 weeks after unprotected sex to get an accurate pregnancy test result.

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When Lauren tells Cory, he reacts by telling her “you know it’s not mine…two days it’s not going to happen.” But then Cory does question his own behavior with Lauren saying, “Me and Lauren had sex 2 days ago — emotions kinda took over in the time and the last thing on my mind was using protection.”

Worried that the child could be his, Cory consults with the other guys in the house who tell him that there is no way that this baby could be his given the timing of things. A hurt and angry Cory confronts Lauren saying, “This is something that happened before you got here.”

If you’re worried about a pregnancy, it doesn’t work to take a pregnancy test the day after you had sex. One big reason: It takes a fertilized egg about a week to implant into the lining of the uterus. Sometimes it can take up to 12 days. Bottom line: You have to wait two weeks after unprotected sex to get an accurate pregnancy test result.

+ Fact: Plan B is most effective within the first 24 hours of having sex.

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After chatting, Lauren confesses that she has not been completely honest with Cory. “We did not use a condom, but I took Plan B the day after,” she says.

If you have unprotected sex or the condom breaks you can reduce the risk of pregnancy, but you need to act real quick. Emergency contraceptive pills (sometimes called morning-after pill or Plan B) may be taken within 120 hours (5 days) of having unprotected sex, but are most effective within the first 24 hours.

Studies show that emergency contraception reduces your chance of pregnancy by 75 to 89%. It is not an alternative to regular contraception, which is much more effective in preventing pregnancy.

Women 18 years and older may buy emergency contraception directly from a pharmacy without a prescription. Younger teens still need a prescription from a health care provider. Emergency contraception costs about $45; it may cost less or be free at family planning clinics and health centers. To find a provider near you or for more information, call the Emergency Contraception Hotline at 1-888-NOT2LATE or go to not-2-late.com.

 + Fact: Condoms are the only method that protect against pregnancy AND STDs.

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Lauren did not practice safe sex with Cory or the guy back home. She isn’t alone. About 3 in 10 teen girls in the US will get pregnant at least once before the age of 20. It doesn’t have to be this way. The only way to prevent pregnancy (other than abstaining from sex) is to use protection.

And along with getting pregnant Lauren could have easily contracted an STD from either partner. 1 in 2 people having sex will get an STD by age 25. Seriously.

When used consistently and correctly each and every time you have sex, condoms are the only method that protect against pregnancy and STDs. The condom must be put on before there is any genital contact. With perfect use, only 2 out of every 100 women will become pregnant in a year.

+ Fact: Honest is the best policy. 

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When it comes to your health and the health of your partner, honesty is the best policy. No matter how embarrassing and heartbreaking, honesty can save your partner’s life as well as get you on to a path of reconciliation and forgiveness.

For instance, Lauren tearfully says, “I’m embarrassed. I’m scared. I was an idiot. Yes, I could have been smarter but I did take precautions…I didn’t want this to happen who wants something like this to happen… can you (Cory) just be here for me?”

Only after Lauren came clean did Cory realize what Lauren needs right now is a friend. He says, “I’m going to be that friend that I need to be to her right now…she made sure that I wasn’t alone and I want to do the same thing for her.”

All stats from It’s Your (Sex) Life unless otherwise noted.
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 Is Amber Portwood Staying On The Straight And Narrow? 

Reported by MTV Remote Control.

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The last time MTV filmed Amber Portwood, it was 2012 and she was wearing a prison uniform. In “Amber Behind Bars,” the former “Teen Mom” cast member sat down with Dr. Drew to talk about her addiction to opiates and what led to her jail sentencing. She appeared hopeless and alone, desperately missing her daughter Leah and still having difficulties communicating with her ex, Gary. Without the necessary support, would she be able to stay sober and learn from her mistakes?

Well, after watching last night’s “Being Amber,” the answer seems to be a yes! MTV captured the young mom on film the day she was released from jail, and it was as if viewers were looking at a totally different person. Amber couldn’t stop smiling through her first post-prison meal — a cheeseburger and chocolate shake — and her reunion with Leah was absolutely touching.

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Amber credited much of her newfound serenity to a chant she learned in rehab: “Be calm, be true, be quiet. Accept criticism, as well as accept praise. Be true to your highest ideal.” And what she learned in anger management classes also helped to keep her temper in check, which came in handy when she and Gary clashed over how to celebrate Leah’s 5th birthday.

By the end of the special, things truly looked to be on the upswing for Amber. While in prison, she got her G.E.D., and now that she’s out, she’ll continue to work on her sobriety and hopefully help others avoid getting into her same situation. She and Gary seem to be officially off again, and that’s probably best for them both.

“Gary and I may be through, but my new life has just begun,” said Amber, optimistically. “Every day brings new challenges and I have so much I plan to do with my life. I will no longer be defined by my past. All I know is, if I can keep taking the next right steps, anything’s possible.”

+ Do you think Amber will stay out of trouble? Watch the special, and let us know your thoughts.

 Farrah Abraham Addresses Sex Tape In MTV Special: ‘I Live Without Regret’ 

Reported by MTV Remote Control.

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Unlike some of her former castmates, Farrah Abraham hasn’t spent much time out of the public eye since her days on “Teen Mom.” She’s written two books (a memoir, “My Teenage Dream Ended,” and a children’s e-book, “Passy Perfume“), released a signature brand of hot pepper pasta sauce and, on the opposite end of the spectrum, caused much controversy by starring in a highly publicized sex tape, which has become the central topic of many group and individual counseling sessions throughout her stint on the current season of VH1′s “Couples Therapy.”

“Making a sex tape changed the course of my life forever, but some of my biggest challenges have been my greatest teachers,” the 22-year-old said in last night’s “Being Farrah.” I live without regret.”

In the one-hour follow-up special, we saw how public criticism has taken its toll on the young mother, who recently relocated her family to Austin, Texas, where she’s trying to function as a normal person away from the flash bulbs of the paparazzi. In between media interviews and club appearances, Farrah strives to be home as much as possible so she can do “typical” mom things, like take her daughter Sophia to pre-school and dance classes.

Farrah lives an unconventional life, but on the show, she adamantly denied being a “porn star,” and seemed to long for the stability of a healthy, romantic relationship. Still, how easy will it be for her to find a good guy who is okay with her foray into adult films? Time will tell. In the meantime, she’s only concerned with the opinion of one person: her daughter.

“I don’t know if Sophia will understand my choices,” Farrah admitted, “but I hope one day she knows everything I’ve done has been to support us.”

+ Did you watch “Being Farrah”? Tell us what you think of Farrah’s plight.

 Should Catelynn And Tyler Of ‘Teen Mom’ Stay Together? 

Reported by MTV Remote Control.

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By Leslie Simon

Catelynn Lowell and Tyler Baltierra have been through more in five years than most couples face in a lifetime. On “16 and Pregnant” and “Teen Mom,” we saw them struggle with their choice to make an adoption plan for their daughter, Carly, and watched how the decision affected their relationship. When the series wrapped, the two had plans to head down the aisle, but after a tumultuous appearance on VH1’s “Couple’s Therapy,” Tyler called off the wedding.

At the time, it remained unclear whether or not Cate and Ty would ever get their happy ending, but during last’s night’s “Being Catelynn” special, we learned the two are indeed still together. The nuptials remain on hold, however, as they continue to sort out their issues. Thankfully, both have a ton of stuff to keep them distracted: They bought a house, take care of Catelynn’s sister, Sarah, and also travel the country speaking about their experience on MTV and the importance of safe sex. Catelynn still wears her ring, but will it remain on her finger?

“We do have an untypical love story,” Catelynn said in the special. “We’ve climbed mountains we thought were unreachable. But when all is said and done, we have faith in ourselves, faith in others and faith in our love. Without that, we’d be lost.”

+ What do you think — after watching “Being Catelynn,” should the pair tie the knot, or is time they call it quits? Take the poll, and sound off on their relationship in the comments.

 ‘Teen Mom 2′ Cast Talks Birth Control & Their Futures [Video] 

Reported by MTV Act.

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The girls of “Teen Mom 2” recently stopped by MTV Act’s office to discuss the importance of birth control, protection and safe sex, and their plans for the future.

When asked her opinion about why a young person might not be having safe sex, Chelsea said, “I feel like if you think it’s awkward talking to your partner about having safe sex or sex at all, you should not be having sex with that person.”

Kailyn continued, “It’s not even just pregnancy you should be worried about… STDs are huge.”

+ Watch Our Interview With The Teen Mom 2 Girls About Safe Sex And The Future.

“If you’re comfortable enough to have sex with that person, then you should be comfortable enough to talk about birth control,” Jenelle added.

“No matter how much you love that guy, it’s not worth risking, you know, your own well-being, risking a life of, you know, no education,” said Leah. “A child that isn’t in a stable environment that most children need…. It’s just not worth it.”

The reality is that many teens are faced with an unplanned pregnancy. 3 in 10 teen girls in the U.S. will get pregnant at least once before age 20. It doesn’t have to be this way!

The point is, guys and girls, you’ve got the power to educate yourself and take control of YOUR sex life! Read up, get the facts and learn more about preventing pregnancy, all the different forms of protection available these days (there is something for everyone!), and the importance of having a protection plan in place BEFORE your clothes come off!

And know that deciding if and when you are ready to have sex is a very personal and private decision —and only YOU are in charge of it. When am I ready is something only you can answer. It’s not when your partner (or whoever else) thinks you’re ready. And get this – almost 2 out of 3 teens who have had sex wish they’d waited.

It’s Your [Sex] Life has the deets on how different birth controls and forms of protection work, which are the most effective at preventing pregnancy and STDs, and tips for making talking about all of this…not so awkward…so you can keep yourself healthy and make sure you only become a parent if and when you’re ready and want to.

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 MTV To Air ‘Teen Mom’ Follow-Up Specials ‘Being Amber,’ ‘Being Catelynn,’ ‘Being Farrah’ 

Reported by MTV Remote Control.

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A lot can change in a person’s life from the time they’re a teenager to a twentysomething, and we’ve seen pronounced proof of this by following the stories of MTV’s teen moms. But while we’re very much up to date on what’s going on with Leah Calvert, Jenelle Evans, Kailyn Lowry-Marroquin and Chelsea Houska of “Teen Mom 2,” the fifth season of which is currently running on the channel, it’s been a year-and-a-half since the series finale of the original “Teen Mom” aired, and the little we hear is usually based on gossip.

Beginning at 8/7c on Sunday, February 23, MTV will premiere a trio of one-hour documentary specials that give viewers a chance to catch up with Amber Portwood, Catelynn Lowell and Farrah Abraham. “Being Amber,” “Being Catelynn” and “Being Farrah” will offer a glimpse into all three young ladies’ worlds as they struggle with new responsibilities: Amber is just out of jail and trying to reconnect with her daughter, Leah, while staying with her grandparents in Indiana; Catelynn is coping with a cancelled engagement to longtime boyfriend Tyler; and Farrah, who’s now 22 and living thousands of miles away from her mother, is dealing with her controversial choice to make an adult entertainment film. In a nutshell, things are different, but still…complicated.

“Being Farrah” airs at 8/7c on Sunday, February 23, followed by “Being Catelynn” at 9/8c and “Being Amber” at 10/9c. Stay tuned to the blog for more info, including a sneak peek.