Unwanted Sex

Picture of Jayson, Mandy and Damien.

Mandy says ‘my body, my decision’

In Kasa Por Yarn, Mandy is being pressured by boys to have sex. She wants to say no and she tells Damien: “It’s my body, my decision. If you don’t like it then that’s your problem.”

Forcing someone you know to have sex is called ‘date rape’:

  1. Date Rape is forced or coerced sex between partners, dates, friends, friends of friends or general acquaintances.
  2. Date Rape can be forced both physically and emotionally. People might use tactics like threatening your reputation or spreading rumours, threatening to not like you, name calling, saying you “brought it on” or “really want it”, threats to break up.
  3. If you’ve had too much to drink or had drugs and you do not consent to sex, it is still rape.
  4. If you don’t want to have sex, say NO like you mean it and fight it off if you have to – people who fight off a rapist are more likely to stop the rape.
  5. Date Rape is the most common form of rape, with 1 in 4 girls expected to fall victim to rape or attempted rape before they reach 25.
  6. Although girls are more often victims of rape, guys are not safe – they can be raped too.
  7. NO MEANS NO! If a person says no to sex (no matter how quietly or unconvincingly) and you go ahead with it anyway, that is rape.

Adapted from About.com: teen advice

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