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Week: 582.1 

Guest: U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe (R. ME) 

Topic: Survey on teen sex 

Reporter: Aaron Cohen 

Host/Producer: Steve Girard 

NEMA: A survey on teen sex...coming up... 

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NEMA: A new study says a teen girl's first sexual experience can be delayed with a male role model in the picture...Aaron Cohen has Health on the Hill...  

COHEN: As a society, we've come a long way since Leave it to Beaver or The Summer of '42 ...when sex was taboo or a flight of summer fancy. In it's new study, the group "Child Trends" says men play four roles: partner, predator, peer and protector...and when a teen girl grows up with a man in the house, she is far less likely to have sex before her 20th birthday. That resonates on Capitol Hill, where Senator Olympia Snowe of Maine welcomed the news that father may know best....  

SNOWE: The presence of fathers in a household plays a very, very key role in diminishing the likelihood that their teenage girl will engage in sexual activity or risk the experience of pregnancy.  

COHEN: The Child Trends survey also indicates that a girl's losing of her virginity is less than idyllic...and when a girl has sex with an older male partner, he is less likely to use a condom. For Health on the Hill, I'm Aaron Cohen.

NEMA: And I'm Steve Girard at The Heart of the Matter.