WITH Valentine’s Day just around the corner, Northbridge’s Sexual Health Quarters (SHQ) is reminding people about the importance of consent.
February 14 coincides with SHQ’s National Condom Day campaign, designed to raise awareness of safe sex.
SHQ spokeswoman Rebecca Smith said consent must be continual.
“Consent is when both partners actively agree to take part in a sexual activity without fear of intimidation or coercion,” she said.
“Unfortunately many young people still report feeling pressured when it comes to having sex.
“Pressuring or coercing someone info having sex, or taking advantage of them when they are under the influence of alcohol and drugs and therefore can’t give consent, is illegal.”
Ms Smith recommended talking about safe sex early on and having protection handy.
“National Condom Day is an ideal opportunity to promote healthy relationships: this includes showing respect for your partner/s and asking for consent each and every time,” she said.
“If your partner/s isn’t enthusiastically saying yes, for example by turning away from you or saying they’re not sure, stop what you’re doing immediately.”