Sexual Health Awareness Month not only encompasses physical aspects of sexual health but the emotional side as well. Knowledge is power and there are no dumb or embarrassing questions. Having a healthy relationship and spreading awareness prevents sexual violence. This year’s theme is “Love, Bonding and Intimacy.”
Talking about healthy sexual relationships helps end the stigma and with continuing support, we can all decrease the amount of sexual violence that occurs every year. Now is the time for all of us to educate and engage in this issue and fight to put an end to it.
What consent looks like:
- Communicating when you change the type or degree of sexual activity with phrases like “Is this OK?”
- Explicitly agreeing to certain activities, either by saying “yes” or another affirmative statement, like “I’m open to trying.”
- Using physical cues to let the other person know you’re comfortable taking things to the next level
What consent doesn’t look like:
- Refusing to acknowledge “no”
- Assuming that wearing certain clothes, flirting, or kissing is an invitation for anything more
- Someone being under the legal age of consent, as defined by the state
- Someone being incapacitated because of drugs or alcohol
- Pressuring someone into sexual activity by using fear or intimidation
- Assuming you have permission to engage in a sexual act because you’ve done it in the past
Join Lone Star Legal Aid and the Texas Crime Victim Legal Assistance Network this September to promote Sexual Health Awareness Month. Educate and encourage others on safe and healthy relationships and why consent is always the first step. Use your voice and any platform you have to help us and the world end sexual violence.
If you or a loved one are a victim of abuse and need assistance, you can visit the Texas Crime Victim Legal Assistance Network.
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