I fully support Campaign4Consent because I think itâ€™s important for young people to be informed of sex, and not to be afraid of saying they donâ€™t want to. Some people may be embarrassed to talk about queries they have about sex, and end up doing something which they feel really uncomfortable with. Even though adults say, â€˜Itâ€™s a natural thing, you can talk about itâ€™, realistically itâ€™s quite private and can be embarrassing to ask/talk about it.
To learn to say â€˜noâ€™ is crucial for anyone because it can really hurt people if they are not ready. As a 15 year old myself, I havenâ€™t ever really had a proper sex education lesson apart from one in Year 6, which was literally my teacher reading a comic about parents wanting a baby, and one in Year 9, which was an hour long and mostly about STDâ€™s and contraception. To know about STDâ€™s is helpful, but that isnâ€™t always first concern for any young person. Contraception is good to know about too but then it sends out the message that if you have sex without a condom, youâ€™re going to get pregnant which is quite scary to think about if youâ€™re only in your mid-teens.
Pupils should be taught to say â€˜noâ€™ because when they try to say it, sometimes they can be called names like â€˜frigidâ€™ or â€˜prudeâ€™ and that could make them feel bad so they end up doing something which is uncomfortable for them. Some people canâ€™t ignore it. Sometimes, it can lead to rape. Because itâ€™s also important for people to learn how to react to the word â€˜noâ€™. It can lead to serious consequences so we need Campaign4Consent to change schools, and create a safer and healthier environment for everyone