|Karen's Confession at the Purity Ball|
However, Mary E. Odem shared in Delinquent Daughters: Protecting and Policing Adolescent Female Sexuality in the United States, 1885-1920 that despite the implementation of age of consent laws, the level of teen promiscuity got so bad that during World War I the military had to implement a five-mile radius moral zone around military bases where alcohol and teen prostitution were prohibited. Despite those measures, over the course of the war thousands of young girls were apprehended for illicit activities, prostitution and suspicion of spreading venereal diseases.
In episode ten of the first season of Shameless, Karen, a high school sophomore, confessed at a Purity Ball that at the age of thirteen she started having oral sex with three or four boys. And she confessed that she was involved in orgies and lesbian strap-on dildo sex by the 8th grade.