Laura Seitz, Deseret News
Children discover relationships with the opposite sex at a younger age when sexuality becomes part of their self-concept.

SALT LAKE CITY — The Council on Contemporary Families announced Monday it is honoring Deseret News reporters Lois Collins and Sara Lenz with its 2012 Award for Print Coverage of Family Issues.

The distinction comes in recognition of a two-part series, "Losing innocence: The cost of sexualizing teens," that was published in September 2011. The first article provided an overview of how contemporary culture sexualizes teens, and the second installment examined what parents and teens are doing to fight back against unsavory societal influences.

Collins and Lenz will receive their awards April 27 in Chicago.

The "Losing Innocence" articles deal with the obstacles facing teenage girls, Collins recently co-authored another two-part series with Jamshid Ghazi Askar about the "War on boys." The series highlighted the struggles boys confront while growing up. (Part one: "Losing ground in education, emotional health and jobs"; part two: "Sex, media and violence.")