Wouldn’t it be a much better world if people would just take a stand?

“It’s time… to talk about it! Connect. Respect. Prevent, Sexual Violence”.  (nsvrc.org)

Unfortunately, we can’t change everyone else, but we can take a stand and change ourselves!  We can change the way we think, speak, and treat others.  It begins with you. 

Here are some tips of a sexually healthy adult…

• Be comfortable with their body.

• Know that human development includes sexual development, which may or may not include reproduction or sexual experience.

• Have access to information and resources to protect and enhance their own sexual health.

• Engage in sexual relationships that are consensual, non-exploitative, honest, pleasurable, and safe.

• Express their sexuality while respecting the rights of others.

• Interact with all genders in respectful and appropriate ways.

• Know the difference between life-enhancing sexual behaviors and those that are harmful to self and/or others.

• Communicate well with family, peers and romantic partners.

• Express their sexuality in ways that are in line with their values.

• Enjoy sexual feelings without necessarily acting on them.

• Be aware of the impact of family, cultural, media, and societal messages on thoughts, feelings, values, and behaviors related to sexuality.

• Accept one’s own sexual orientation and respect the sexual orientations of others.

• Accept one’s own gender identities and respect the gender identities of others.

…adapted from the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States’ Life Behaviors of a Sexually Healthy Adult demonstrate healthy sexuality (SIECUS, 2004, p. 16):

Have you ever thought about your sexual health?  What are you doing to end sexual assault? 

Pass this on folks!! There is always a teaching moment that you can hold in the palm of you hand, and maybe, just maybe, change will come! It starts with you!

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