As a teen, you make important decisions about what or if any sexual activity is right for you. Agreeing to sexual activity with someone (saying “yes”, or giving “consent”) means that you have freely decided to engage in that activity. However, if you are pressured emotionally or physically, or if you go along with it because you don’t feel that you have a choice or because you don’t know how to get out of a situation (“coercion”), you are not giving consent. Any sexual contact that you don’t consent to is sexual assault. What’s the difference between sexual assault and sexual abuse? Sexual assault happens when the perpetrator is someone outside the family. Sexual abuse is when it’s someone within the family. Sexual assault or abuse does not always include intercourse. It can include any contact with the private body parts (e.g., breasts, genitals, buttocks) that you don’t want, don’t agree to, or are forced to do. To learn more go to the www.NCTSN.org website.
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