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Let’s talk Consent and Healthy Relationships

Our beliefs and attitudes are influenced by our experiences and the way we talk about different topics with friends and family, and the wider community. This influences what is considered normal or acceptable behavior. When it comes to consent and healthy relationships, research shows that

  • 1 in 6 men have had unwanted sexual experiences (https://www.1in6.uk/)
  • 66% of girls aged 14-21 have experienced unwanted sexual attention or harassment such as catcalling in public (Plan International UK)
  • 85% of sexual violence crimes go unreported (Ministry of Justice data)
  • 1 in 3 children sexually abused by an adult did not tell anyone (https://napac.org.uk/key-facts-figures/)
  • 62% of respondents in a survey felt that if someone’s nude image is shared online, they are partly to blame (Childnet Internation – Project deShame)

At the root of all of this is society’s attitudes and the way we talk about consent and healthy relationships, which impacts society’s response when abuse takes place.

Last year, reports of the prevalence of sexual harassment and abuse in schools led to Ofsted review and the Everyone’s Invited platform where thousands of young people shared their experiences which highlighted just how much of an issue this is.

As a charity working everyday with young people and families impacted by sexual abuse, we are proud to be part of the Consent Coalition – a group of organizations in Nottingham working together to raise awareness of consent and reduce sexual violence. We not only want to be there for young people during their recovery from an incident, we also want to be part of the solution in preventing incidents from happening in the first place, within families, in peer groups and more widely in society.

This year we are encouraging you to have informed conversations about consent and healthy relationships. You can join others who have taken the pledge to do so in our Let’s Get Talking campaign.

If you are not sure where to even begin the conversation, you are not alone. We know that beginning to talk more openly about consent and healthy relationships may be uncomfortable. You can begin with a personal reflection: When did you understand what consent meant? What does a healthy relationship mean to you?

Throughout the year we will be sharing useful resources to start conversations, educate and begin to change attitudes about consent and healthy relationships, and ultimately empower young people to be comfortable making choices that are right for them and to speak up when something isn’t quite right.

Join the conversation on Facebook or Instagram and be part of the solution.

January 12th, 2022