Sexual contact without consent is a crime, so understanding how the law defines consent is crucial for anyone and perhaps especially for teens who may be starting to explore sexual relationships. This issue of The PLEA will look at matters such as what happens when someone has been drinking or is under the influence of drugs, what difference, if any, it makes when the people involved are in a relationship, sexting and tips for staying safe.
Understanding and respecting the laws about consent is enough to keep people on the right side of the law, but there is much more to building respectful relationships than making sure you have consent to engage in any sexual activity. This issue of The PLEA also examines dating relationships and explores ways to establish and maintain healthy relationships. You’ll also find information to help you recognize the signs of an unhealthy relationship and have opportunities to explore myths and stereotypes that may contribute to abuse and violence within a relationship.