What Do I Do if My Partner Pressures Me To Have Sex When I Don’t Want To?
Sexual control is when people pressure or force others to do sexual things that they don’t want to do. Even within relationships, people have the right to decide what they do and do not want to do sexually. Sexual control can happen to anybody: women and men, straight, gay, and transgender — and it’s more common than people think. Here are some examples of sexual control within relationships:
- refusing to wear a condom when a partner wants to use one
- pressuring someone to do sexual things she or he doesn’t want to do
- threatening to end a relationship if a partner doesn’t have sex
- having sex with someone who is too drunk or high to make a decision
- physically making a partner have sex
|You Always Have the Right to Say "No"|
Many of us think that once we are in love, we can never say "no" to sex. We might even believe that we can never say "no" once we marry. No matter what kind of relationship you have, if you are forced to have sex, it is rape. If you are forced to be sexual in any way, it is sexual abuse.
Unfortunately, many people are in sexually, physically, or emotionally abusive relationships. Nobody deserves to be treated this way.
Here are some resources that may help: