Info for October’s Young People Insight Forum

After discussing relationships in July and August, the topic of sex seemed like a good continuation for this month’s forum.

Photo by Foundry and used under Creative Commons License
Photo by Foundry and used under Creative Commons License

Sex is a natural part of life, which usually stems from relationships.  However, it has become a much larger factor in the lives young people over time, especially with the overly sexualised society we live in.  The ages at which we are exposed to sex continues to get younger, leading to earlier sexual experiences and an increase in sexual pressure.

I felt that the topic of sex was especially relevant after reading about the report by the Women and Equalities Committee that exposed the ‘widespread’ sexual harassment and violence in schools.   The sexual urges in young people are raging, but they are not being channeled healthily and they have not been taught about how to effectively deal with them, due to the failure of  sex education.  I mean, how many of us can really say that we had effective sex education growing up?

This month, be ready to talk about your expectations from sex, sex education and sex in the media. We’ll be asking, why has our society become so sexualised? How can young people get better educated on sex? Why do some males feel that it’s okay to pressure females into sex?  And if there’s anything else you’d like to ask or focus on, come with those questions as well.  This is your platform as much as mine.

So if you’re 16-25, don’t miss the Young People Insight forum on Tuesday 18th October from 6.30-8.30pm in Project B (1 Bell Hill, Croydon CR0 1FB).  This is the chance for you to speak your mind, munch on some snacks and meet new people.

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