Sex & Ethics for Young People
Sex & Ethics for Young People creates environments where young people can explore ideas about sex and ethical consent. The program introduces the Ethical Framework for use in intimate partner decision making. Through non-sexual experiential learning, reflection, discussion and scenarios, young Australians develop skills they can use to be ethical in their sexual practices now and into their future.
The program aims to ensure the learnings and long-term benefits will not be isolated to the individuals undertaking this training but also empower them to positively impact on their peers and communities.
Sex & Ethics focuses on communication in intimate relationships, sexual ethics and consent, and bystander strategies. Studies and materials used in these programs recognise diverse youth populations, including students who are secular and those with strong faith beliefs, from diverse cultures and LGBTIQ students.
The program runs for two hours a week across six weeks. It covers a range of topics which address many of the concerns and challenges facing young people. The program includes the following:
- Different views on sex, sexuality and relationships
- The Sex & Ethics Framework for sexual decision making
- Understanding other people’s desires and needs – verbal and non -verbal communication, role of alcohol and drugs
- The law and sexual consent including social media – skills in ethical negotiation of consent
- Impacts of sexual harassment and sexual assault and gendered violence on victims
- Safety skills in being an ethical bystander – leadership and prevention
- Accessing confidential internal and external support for staff and self-care for staff in handling disclosures
Rape & Domestic Violence Services Australia has been working in sexual violence prevention education for the last 20 years. The work is underpinned by a strong evidence base. Evaluation of the Sex & Ethics Program consistently demonstrates an increase in the ability of young women and men to negotiate consent ethically and be more mindful of their own needs and the needs of their partners.
A 6-day Train the Trainer module may be run with those who meet the following criteria:
- Firm understanding of gendered violence
- Developed facilitation and teaching skills
- Sound knowledge of the cause and impacts of sexual violence
Successful participants may be Quality Assured to run the six-week program for youth.
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