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November: We're All About Consent
November is a busy month with homecoming, the beginning of the holiday season, and parties galore! There is a lot of fun to be had this month, but sometimes these good times are accompanied by some risky situations. When it comes to being healthy and safe in November, it’s really important to talk about consent.
You may have heard a lot about this topic lately with The White House’s It’s On Us campaign or the new “Yes Means Yes” legislation in California. Popular YouTuber, Laci Green, has often spoken about the importance of consent. At Planned Parenthood Arizona, we want to make sure that everyone knows what consent is and how you get it.
Consent is an agreement between those involved in any sexual experience. Consent is about knowing the person you are with is excited about what is happening – so excited they give an enthusiastic, positive, clear “YES!” There is no consent if someone is drunk, high, or asleep. There is no consent if someone is pressured into saying “yes.” There is no consent if someone is silent. There is no consent if someone is forced to do something they don’t want to do. Sex without consent is never okay – in fact, it’s illegal. If someone does not or cannot consent to sex, it is rape.
In order to Be Healthy, Be Safe, Be You, consent should be a part of your life. You have the right to set your own limits related to sexual activity. We all must respect the boundaries of our partners, and we all should look out for others whose boundaries are not being respected. If we work together, if we stand up for each other, if we all agree that “yes means yes,” we can create a culture of consent. Now that sounds pretty sexy!
Please check out this list of resources that help to promote consent and prevent sexual assault.
- Planned Parenthood
- It’s On Us
- Southern Arizona Center Against Sexual Assault
- Arizona Coalition to End Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence
- Arizona Sexual Assault Network
- Arizona Department of Health Services: Sexual Violence Prevention and Education Program
- RAINN Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network
- National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1.800.656.HOPE
NOTE: We always encourage young people to talk to their parents or trusted adult about their sexual health because it is best to frame sex and relationships within a family’s values and beliefs. But, a young person does not have to have his or her parent’s permission in order to access prevention services (such as exams or birth control) or to make an appointment.
Why Be Healthy, Be Safe, Be You?
Teens want information ─ more than three-quarters of teens, aged 15-17, say that they need more information about birth control, HIV/AIDS, and other sexually transmitted infections. And, we know that when teens have the information and education they need, they make better decisions.
And, in Arizona, the statistics show that teens aren’t getting the information they so desperately want in order to make healthy decisions…
- Fifty-two percent (52.6%) of high school seniors reported having sexual intercourse in the past three months.
- Only fifty-nine percent (59%) report using a condom during last sexual intercourse and fifteen percent (15%) did not use any method to prevent pregnancy during last intercourse.
- While teen pregnancy rates are declining, Arizona teens are still more likely to become pregnant than most teens across the nation. Arizona is ranked 18th among states for teen pregnancy.
For Health Care
If you want to come to us for health care or to ask your questions about sex and sexual health...we take most major health insurance, as well as AHCCCS. We are also a Title X (ten) provider. With or without insurance, we can provide you with your birth control at your appointment.
To make an appointment, in Phoenix, 602.277.PLAN (7526); in Tucson, 520.408.PLAN (7526); and elsewhere in Arizona, toll-free 855.207.PLAN (7526).