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HH_demiurge
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I have a concern which by rights may not be mine.

A friend of mine (I’ll call her Dolores) has, to my mind, chosen her partners poorly. Previously she was involved with a much older guy (I’ll call him Mesmer). She was sixteen and seventeen, he was twenty-two. I suppose love occurs in all places, shapes and sizes, but that situation was questionable to me.

To my continued regret, I never did anything. They were one of those couples who only wanted to see each other (perhaps by his explicit request?). Old friends were suddenly an afterthought to her. I suppose that’s natural a bit, albeit not to the degree I saw, and it did nothing to dispel my fears.

From that point I heard very little from her, which aside from being disappointing and more than a little hurtful led me to hear about her secondarily. She confided in her best friend (I’ll call her Mona) who confided in me. In retrospect, that may have been deceitful and voyeuristic, but such is not the concern of this post.

I grant that Mona disliked Mesmer and would have allowed that judgment to cloud the opinions she rendered to me, but I consider her far too mature to have fabricated stories about their relationship. I was told that Mesmer had convinced her into sex. Consensual, yes, but rough, unprotected sex. His behavior out of bed also worried me. He would become suspicious if Dolores did not speak to him on the phone. He showed up to her place unannounced after she had requested that he not show up.

Eventually they broke up, although he continued to speak to Dolores’ mother (more on her later). They did see each other once more, and he tried to follow her home. While she (or rather, her can of mace) did convince him not to follow her, this was clearly not a good thing.

Mesmer was the apogee of disgustingness so far to pass through my social circle; but Dolores has previously shown poor taste in men. Add that to her inability to engage in (or at least convince her boyfriend of) sensible sexual protection. Her mother, who is of strong religious and irrationally capricious persuasions does not help either. It is to me perversely curious that she would continue to speak to someone her daughter had broken up with, especially under such tried circumstances. I doubt that she would encourage responsible sexual behavior. It may be my own paranoia, but I get the distinct impression that Dolores’ mother is trying to marry her off to someone as quickly as possible.

I am worried about Dolores. Even if it wouldn’t convince her, I want to know what to tell her so that I don’t feel like I ought to have done something. I don’t care if this would involve admitting that I had heard things from her trusted confidant that I probably shouldn’t have. That’s my problem, and I’m far more concerned with a friend’s well being than petty social demarcations.

How do I tell her to protect herself from infection, from pregnancy, from creepy schmucks and from her mother’s… whims? How ought I bring up such a thing? Is it even my place to speak?


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BiLLaBaBy017
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In my opinion, I would talk to her. Not only are you worried, you are her friend. This guy doesn't seem to be someone she should be with. If he's following her home, getting suspicious about the phone etc are some red flags. And she needs to protect herself. There are so many things: STD/STI risks, pregnancy, UTI, Chlamydia, Gonorrhea etc etc. She clearly shouldn't be with this guy, she should be staying as far away from him as possible. It's good that they broke up as well, she doesn't need him. If it were me I would tell her to stay away from him. You also need to talk to her and make sure she's okay. Tell her you're worried about her, and that she needs to protect herself. She has risked her body on some levels, but you can't keep her from dating other guys. Everyone makes mistakes in their life. If she's in a relationship again, remind her that she should be safe, always use a condom, and get tested!! And if any red flags pop up, leave

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HH_demiurge
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Heartily seconded. I’m actually of the opinion that Dolores shouldn’t just stay away from Mesmer, she should have gotten a restraining order after he tried to follow her the first time. I blame Hollywood for its portrayal of obsessive lovers as ultimately redeemable. They’re not. They’re manipulative, impulsive and dangerous. I’ve got nothing against emotionally intense guys, but they really must behave themselves.

I just wish I knew how to tell her to protect herself. She tends towards being very Protestant (something she got from her mother), but apparently not enough to abstain altogether. That leaves her in that wonderful fold that abstinence-only sex education (whether parental or bureaucratic) leaves people; they simply don’t protect themselves and feel guilty about doing anything.

I were that I was less polite, less concerned about offending her (negotiable) Christian values and more about her well-being. I wish this was something teens discussed more. Teens speak about sex all the time, why not protection? Girls talk about cute guys frequently, why not about recognizing unacceptable behavior?

And why does this seem so hard?

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