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The Quick Guide to Deciding if You're Ready to Have Sex »

Healthy Sexual Choices
Part 1 of 3

This article is not about sexually transmitted infections or pregnancy risk, although, as realities of sexual activity, they will come up here and there. The topic we’ll consider here concerns the decision of whether or not to have sex, what goes into such a decision and the barriers to healthy sexual decision-making. 

Top Reasons Why Young People Have Sex (or Don't) »

Healthy Sexual Choices
Part 2 of 3

In Part 1, we looked at the components of sexual readiness. Here, we’ll explore common reasons why young people choose to have sex and reasons they choose not to, and consider how each fits into healthy sexual decision-making.

Sexual Coercion: When 'Yes' Means 'No' »

Healthy Sexual Choices
Part 3 of 3

In Parts 1 and 2 of this series, we looked at the many components of sexual readiness, reasons why young people choose to and not to engage in sex and how those reasons fit into healthy decision-making. In Part 3 below, you’ll find information about sexual coercion – how to identify it and some ways of responding to it.

The Ins and Outs of Sexual Consent »

A Conversation We Need to Have
Part 1 of 2

Sexual consent is the free, full and active agreement to engage in sexual activity. This includes everything from kissing and touching to sex itself. Consent is not something that is given once and then assumed from thereon out; it needs to be renewed and reconfirmed continuously. That means that every step of the way – whether continuing an activity, moving from one kind of activity to another (e.g. kissing to touching) or having a brand new encounter – requires renewed consent. It can’t be assumed based on previous experiences. 

The Ins and Outs of Sexual Consent »

Yes Means Yes
Part 2 of 2

In Part 1 of this series, you learned about what consent is and the importance of taking responsibility in sexual situations to verify that the other person is consenting to the activity. Now, it’s time to learn how to apply that understanding. Read Part 2, to learn different ways in which consent is often expressed and some important warning signs that consent is lacking.