Sex and Consent
Consent to sexual activity may be given to one sort of sexual activity but not another. Consent can also be withdrawn at any time during the sexual activity and each time activity occurs. It can also be subject to conditions, such as wearing a condom.
The age of consent to any form of sexual activity is 16 for both men and women.
It is an offence for anyone to have any sexual activity with a person under the age of 16.
It is an offence for a person aged 18 or over to have any sexual activity with a person under the age of 18 if the older person holds a position of trust.
The Sexual Offences Act 2003 provides specific legal protection for children aged 12 and under who cannot legally give their consent to any form of sexual activity.
Cup of Tea vs Sexual Consent
Sex can mean different things to different people. When most people talk about ‘having sex’ they are usually referring to sexual intercourse (or penetrative sex).
When involved in sexual behaviours, everyone needs to provide consent. When a person gives consent it means that they are clearly and freely agreeing to the sexual activities that are happening or are about to happen.
It's up to you to have sex in a way that reduces the chances of getting a sexually transmitted infection (STI) or having an unplanned pregnancy.
Sexually Transmitted Infections
STIs are infections that can be spread during sexual contact (vaginal, anal, oral sex). They used to be referred to as STDs
Get The Facts are an Australia based organisation that can answer any questions you may have around the topic of sex. Visit their website have a look through the different sections. Alternatively, there is a search bar for you to pin point the advice you believe you need most.
Obviously, the National Health Service can provide amazing advice and unrivalled help and support with anything you may be dealing with. Visit their website for anything you may be wondering as they have a great Q&A section.
The Sexual advice Association are based in the UK and offer advice and information on the topic of sex and relationships. They even have an App that is available to download from the App Store.