WITH National Condom Day (NCD) falling on Valentine’s Day this year, Perth-based Sexual Health Quarters (SHQ) reminds lovers the importance of consent when getting intimate.
To get the message across, this year’s NCD campaign features the acronym CAKE – consent, asking first, keeping safe, and every time.
SHQ spokeswoman Rebecca Smith said it was important to know boundaries when it came to sex.
“If your partner isn’t enthusiastically saying yes, stop what you’re doing immediately,” she said.
“Consent is when both partners actively agree to taking part in a sexual activity without fear of intimidation or coercion.”
Ms Smith said many young people still report feeling pressured when it comes to having sex.
“Pressuring or coercing someone into 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,” she said.
She said the message of consent was applicable every day, not just on NCD.
SHQ will celebrate NCD on February 14 with games, freebies and cake between 9.30am-11:30am.
On February 15, SHQ will offer free, confidential STI tests.
Go to shq.org.au.
WA Sexual Health Week runs from February 12-18.