Sex and Personal Safety in Sex

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A big part of growing up is learning to take care of your personal safety.

It's extra important to think about personal safety when it comes to sex.

How can I stay safe when it comes to sex?

First, you need to be sure that you're really ready for sex.

You also need to be sure that you can trust the other person totally and that you can both treat each other with respect. Never be alone with someone you don't know or have just met in person for the first time.

If the person is known to your friends, ask what they're like. If they have a reputation for treating people badly, avoid them.

Sex is usually a private thing, but it's a good idea to let a trusted friend know who you'll be with and where you'll be.

Arrange to get in touch with your friend afterwards at a set time. That way, they can raise the alarm if you go missing.

Lastly, remember that alcohol and drugs make it harder for us to judge if people are okay or up to no good.

What about safer sex?

Looking after your sexual health is another big part of staying safe when it comes to sex.

Any kind of sex that involves touching carries a risk of getting a sexually transmitted infection.

If it's sex between a boy and a girl, the girl could also get pregnant.

Find out the different kinds of contraception available, and how to use a condom

What if I change my mind?

It's your right to stop at any time.

Tell the person you're with 'no' or to 'stop now please'.

Anyone who respects you will do as you say.

If they keep going after you or use force or threaten you, they're committing a sexual assault.