BRETT ASHLEY

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Come as you are
Editorial note: The following note contains sensitive information. The author’s name has been changed to protect her anonymity. About a year ago, sex started to hurt.
Come as you are
Editorial note: The author’s name has been changed to maintain her anonymity. In a country where only 24 states mandate sex education in public schools, it's no wonder so many kids get their info from their friends.
Come as you are
I started masturbating at 14, my 11th year of Catholic education. The first time I tried it, I brought myself to orgasm in under two minutes, but stopped myself because I thought I was going to pee. The sex education I had was warped. I remember middle-aged Mr. H., standing in front of my seventh grade class in his sweater vest and telling me and 20 other hormonal 12-year-olds that all sex acts before marriage would land us in hell.