4. Learn about sexual consent, gender and power

All adults and young people are responsible for ensuring that we understand what consent entails in our relationships and sex lives. Read this short article to learn more about sexual consent, gender and power. Then watch this simple three‑minute clip which explains sexual consent by comparing it to asking someone for a cup of tea.

How does it help?

In Australia, one in five women report having experienced sexual violence since the age of fifteen (results from ABS Personal Safety Survey 2012). Women are at risk of sexual violence in their homes, in public, and in their workplaces. Many gender roles and stereotypes support unequal power between women and men, including notions of male sexual entitlement and conquest over women, and responsibility for contraception being placed on women. Promoting understanding of sexual consent therefore helps prevent violence against women and promote gender equality.

Keep going!

Learn practical tips and suggestions for ways you can ask for consent in your sexual relations:

Please note that these clips/articles contain information regarding the topics of sexism, gender inequality and violence against women. If you find the information distressing, please click through for information and support on self care. If you or someone you know is experiencing violence, please visit the our help section for further information and support.