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.
“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.
“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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