One In Five Young People Think It’s OK For A Man To Pressure A Woman Into Sex

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One in five young people between the ages of 12 and 20 believe it’s “normal” for a male to pressure a female into sexual acts, according to a new survey released on Thursday.

A research survey of 1000 young people around Australia conducted by health, relationships and behavioural change campaign The Line also showed that 22 per cent of participants believed it’s a female’s responsibility to make it very clear when sex isn’t wanted.

 As thousands of students head back to universities around the country for the 2017 academic year, The Line Digital Youth Committee member Callum Jones said it’s time to inform them that pressuring someone into sexual activities without consent is never OK.

“It’s far from a crime to engage in sexual activity, but gaining consent must be mutual and continuous if we are to bring down the high rates of reported sexual assaults at universities across Australia,” he said.

 “From rapes in dorm rooms and bushes to being molested in corridors, female students have reported many horrifying incidents of sexual assault.

“This is why The Line is engaging with University students during [Orientation Week] to encourage people to understand what makes a relationship healthy and respectful, even if the relationship only lasts a night.”

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