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Sex & sexual health | Staying safe

If you are not ready for sex, or not comfortable with doing something sexual, say ‘NO’.

Oct. 25, 2022

The age of consent to any form of sexual activity is 16 for people of any gender or sexual orientation.

If you have met someone who’s older or more experienced than you, don’t rush into things just because they are ready. Only do things at your own pace.

If you feel rushed or pressured to say ‘yes’ to something you’re not ready for, stand your ground. Remember that there are plenty of other people out there who will respect your wishes and boundaries.

You can give or take back your consent at any time as well. Just because you said ‘yes’ to something once, doesn’t mean you’ve said ‘yes’ to it forever.

If someone gets angry with you for saying ‘no’ or for changing your mind, they are not the person for you!

Support if you are concerned about consent

If someone has sex with you without your consent or violates you in any way, this is a crime which should be reported to the police.

For more advice about sexual violence and domestic abuse, you can contact Galop, the national LGBTQ+ anti-violence charity.