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Health, Support and Well Being

Health, Support and Well Being

Sexual consent matters.

Sexual activity without consent is sexual assault and is always a crime. It isn’t enough to assume someone has given consent for sexual activity and with lots of media attention it's an important topic on everyone's radar. It is essential that each person is sure that anyone else involved has given their full consent. The best way to make sure of this is to ask them. As well as asking for verbal consent, we'd suggest that you take it slowly and take time to read how the other person reacts to what you are doing. If you are unsure of their reaction or something doesn't feel right, you need to ask if they want you to stop and if they are okay.

Checklist...

  • Consent needs to be asked for verbally.
  • Check in throughout
  • Let the other person know that it’s okay to say no.
  • Respect the other person’s answer & their choice to change their mind.
  • Body language is important

Safe sex

Always use condoms to help protect yourself from catching or passing on a sexually transmitted infection (STI). Remember... It's not just about protecting against pregnancy.

Many people with STIs do not get symptoms, so it's worth getting tested even if you feel fine. If you think you have an STI, the earlier you're tested, the sooner treatment can be given if it's needed. Find STI services near you.

For more information please visit: www.nhs.uk/live-well/sexual-health/

Healthy relationships

Relationships should always be respectful, fair and built on trust.

If you find that you're being pressured into doing things that you're not comfortable with or parts of your life are being restricted or controlled then speak to someone you trust to see what they think. If you don't have anyone close to you call https://www.womensaid.org.uk/information-support/ who support both men and women.

 

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