Our sexual rights

 
It is time for a reminder of our sexual rights and to give ourselves the permission to be free of the negativity around sex that comes from our rape-prone culture. It can be helpful to read these rights out loud to let them really sink in.

  • I have a right to develop healthy attitudes about sex.
  • I have a right to receive accurate sexual information.
  • I have a right to sexual privacy.
  • I have a right to protection from bodily harm or invasion.
  • I have a right to my own feelings, beliefs, opinions, and perceptions about sex.
  • I have a right to my own sexual limits.
  • I have a right to say no to sexual behavior.
  • I have a right to experience sexual pleasure.
  • I have a right to be in control of my sexual experiences.
  • I have a right to control touch and sexual contact.
  • I have a right to stop sexual arousal that feels inappropriate or uncomfortable.
  • I have a right to develop my sexuality according to my sexual preferences and orientation.
  • I have a right to have a loving partner.
  • I have a right to have a partner that respects me, understands me, and is willing to communicate with me about sex.
  • I have a right to talk to my partner about my sexual assault and/or sexual abuse.
  • I have a right to enjoy healthy sexual pleasure and satisfaction.
Created by the University of Alberta Sexual Assault Centre, 2009  (http://www.sac.ualberta.ca/~/media/sac/Documents/Sexual_Healing_Pamphlet_2009.pdf)