Young people can feel under pressure to have sex. And some young
people put pressure on others to have sex. Here are a few things to
keep in mind.
Most young people aged under 16 have not had sex.
Many teenagers who have had sex regret it.
If you don't want to have sex, you may sometimes have to
resist pressure from a others. When you want to say no, say
no. Repeat it if you have to. If you want to, explain your
reason for saying no do but If they won't accept no means no, end
the conversation and leave.
Remember it's okay to change your mind at any time, even if you
have been kissing or touching someone or if you are naked or in
If you have had sex with someone and don't want to do it again
you still have the right to say no.
If someone likes you and respects you:
- They never put pressure on you to do something you're not ready
- They listen to you and accept no means no.
- They let you change your mind if you want to.
These things are not acceptable:
- Putting pressure on someone to have sex. Remember if you are
not sure the other person is giving clear consent then legally they
have not given their consent. If you have sex with someone and they
have not given their consent this is a serious offence.
- Telling lies or using someone to get what you want.
- Threatening someone.
- Not listening to someone when they change their mind - and they
can change their mind at any time!
- Not bothering with a condom when you have sex.
- Not thinking about contraception and making sure you have it
If you want some advice contact The Place
which is part of Sandyford. It's a young people friendly sexual
health service. Phone: 0141 211 8130 for more.