SEX: Consequences


What are consequences?

Everything that a person does has an effect on something or someone, this effect is known as a consequence. Consequences can either be positive or negative.

Both positive and negative consequences can have a lasting impact on people's lives.

Sex or physical closeness without consent can have negative consequences for both people involved

When it comes to sex, remember....

If you are pressured into doing something you don't want to do, or if you pressure somebody else into doing it, there can be legal, health and emotional consequences for both people involved.

The majority of rape and sexual assault happens where the two people know and trust each other

Consequences

Legal

If you have done the pressuring...

  • Having sex without gaining consent could potentially lead to you spending upto 8 years in prison.
  • Sexually assaulting another person could lead to a community order, fine or prison sentence
  • Both having sex without consent and sexual assault could lead to your details being put on the Sex Offenders Register.

Health

If you have been pressured....

  • Potential health consequences include; unwanted pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections, physical damage, internal injury, mental health problems, depression and self-harm.

If you have done the pressuring....

Potential consequences include; sexually transmitted infections.

Emotional

If you have been pressured....

  • Potential emotional consequences include; lower self-esteem and sense of worth, humiliation, fear and hurt

More information

For more information about consequences click here for the consent and consequences game.

To listen to a music track, created by young people from Unity Football in Nottingham, about consent and consequences click here

For more information on staying safe click here