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“Don’t send me that pic.”

“Don’t Send Me That Pic” – Plan International Australian and Our Watch survey – March 2016

Australian young women and girls report online abuse and harassment are endemic

Plan International Australia and Our Watch commissioned Ipsos to conduct a survey of 600 Australian girls and young women aged 15–19 about personal safety and gender equality, including online safety. Responses to questions about online safety indicate that girls and young women in Australia report endemic levels of abuse and harassment online. Read findings.

‘It is not all about sex’: Young people’s views about sexuality and relationships education

Bruce Johnson, Lyn Harrison, Deb Ollis, Jane Flentje, Peter Arnold, & Clare Bartholomaeus

‘It is not all about sex’: Young people’s views about sexuality and relationships education – the report from Engaging Young People in Sexuality Education Research Report

The Engaging Young People in Sexuality Education (EYPSE)
research project addresses two questions:
1.  What are young people’s views on school-based sexuality and relationships education?
2.  In what ways could sexuality and relationships education be improved?
This report focuses on findings from the first stage of the research project, consisting of an online
survey of over 2,000 students in 31 secondary schools in South Australia and Victoria. The research was
conducted in government secondary schools in South Australia (14) and Victoria (17). A detailed online
survey was constructed and administered to students aged 13 to 16+ years old. The survey used similar
terminology and language to that used in sexuality and relationships education classes.

Young Australians’ use of pornography and associations with sexual risk behaviours

REPORT: Young Australians’ Use of Pornography, M. Lim

 Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health 6/29/2017

Authors:  Megan S.C.Lim, Paul A.Agius, Elise R. Carrotte, Alyce M. Vella,

Margaret E. Hellard

Pornography use may be a public health concern. The rapid growth of the internet, smartphones and social media among young Australians means
that pornography use is common and the average age at first pornography exposure has declined in recent years. Reports from the early and mid-2000s showed that
rates of lifetime exposure to pornography were 73–93% for adolescent boys and 11–62% for adolescent girls in Australia. Qualitative research indicates that many young Australians believe pornography use is ubiquitous among their peers, despite laws prohibiting people under 18 years of age viewing pornography.

Read report here.

Also interesting is the interview by

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Guidelines for Comprehensive Sexuality Education

Guidelines for Comprehensive Sexuality Education, 3 Edition
Kindergarten through 12th Grade
For over a decade, SIECUS has published the
Guidelines for Comprehensive Sexuality Education:  Kindergarten-12th Grade to help educators create new sexuality education programs and evaluate already existing curricula. The Guidelines, developed by a national task force of experts in the fields of adolescent development, health care, and education, provide a framework of the key concepts, topics, and messages that all sexuality education programs would ideally include.
This Third Edition of the Guidelines is based on the work of the original National Guidelines Task Force; the basic structure and content remain the same. Certain topics, messages, and age-levels, however, have been changed to reflect new information and the reality that today’s young people are facing. In addition, we have added a section on using the Guidelines that provides specific advice, ideas, and resources to help educators implement this important framework into their efforts to provide high-quality sexuality education to young people in their schools and communities.

Good sex ed doesn’t lead to teen pregnancy, it prevents it

Good sex edThe Conversation June 3, 2016 Suzanne Dyson Associate professor, principal research fellow, La Trobe University

Comprehensive, inclusive sexuality and relationships education (“sex ed”) teaches children and adolescents in age-appropriate ways that sexuality is a normal, healthy part of life.

Read the full article.

5th National Survey of Australian Secondary Students and Sexual Health 2013

5th National SurveyAustralian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society

5th National Survey of Australian Secondary Students and Sexual Health 2013

Anne Mitchell, Kent Patrick, Wendy Heywood, Pamela Blackman and Marian Pitts

April 2014


The Fifth National Survey of Secondary Students and Sexual Health was carried out in 2013 and involved over 2000 year 10, 11, and 12 students from the Government, Catholic and Independent school systems and from every jurisdiction in Australia.

The key findings cover the following areas:


Follow this link for a copy of the PDF.


Young People and Sexting in Australia report presents the fndings of a qualitative study of young people’s understandings of, and responses to, current Australian laws, media and educational resources that address sexting.  Full report

Sexuality and U

sexualilty-and-u2 is the ultimate Canadian web site committed to providing you accurate, credible and up-to-date information and education on sexual health. An initiative of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada, the site’s mandate is to provide guidance and advice to help individuals develop and maintain a healthy sexuality.

This web site is made possible with the guidance and collaboration of a team of distinguished Canadian medical organizations, and is administered by the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada.

The first National Survey of Secondary Teachers of Sexuality Education

1st Nat Survey of Teachers

Secondary school teachers need more training in sexuality education

Teachers are a vital resource in Australia’s response to preventing STIs, unintended pregnancy, and coercive sexual activity among young people. Properly designed sexuality education, delivered by well-trained and supported teachers, can reduce the risks and underlying vulnerabilities young people face (UNESCO 2009, International Technical Guidance on Sexuality Education). read more…

Writing Themselves in 3

wti3Writing themselves in 3:  The third national study on the sexual health and wellbeing of same sex attracted and gender questioning young people

This is the third of the Writing Themselves In national reports which have been conducted six years apart since 1998. In 2010, a total of 3134 same sex attracted and gender questioning (SSAGQ) young people participated in Writing Themselves In 3 (WTi3), almost double the number in 2004 and more than four times that of 1998. The participants, who were aged between 14 and 21 years, came from all states and territories of Australia, from remote (2%), rural (18%) and urban (67%) areas and from a range of culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds. There were more young women (57%) than young men (41%) and a smaller group (3%) who were gender questioning (GQ).

For school educators and sexuality teachers, you may find chapter 12 Sexuality education and school experience especially insightful.

Download the report from The Gay & Lesbian Health Victoria (GLHV)

Useful site:

Safe Schools Coalition Victoria