Sexpression-UK is a nationwide charity which aims to educate young people in sex and relationship issues, helping to empower them to make informed choices about their reproductive health. Their student members deliver interactive and informal sessions to small groups – creating a relaxed environment for young people to learn about sexual health and help them broach sensitive topics without fear of stigma.
Their vision is “A society in which young people are able to access reliable information about relationships, sex and sexuality’ where youth are free from STI, and unwanted pregnancy; and where they are empowered to make individual, informed decisions regarding their bodies and their health.” Sexpression-UK advocates for mandatory Comprehensive Sexuality Education in schools.
Why is this issue important?
As a young person it can sometimes be a bit awkward to talk to a teacher or parent about se and relationships, but because Sexpression members are students they are in a great position to give information and advice due to their extensive training, and similar age to the young people they educate.
The amazing thing about student led peer-education is that it doesn’t involve directly telling young people what to do and what not to do; rather they instigate discussions and reflections through interactive techniques and informal conversation. Lots of studies have shown that instilling a sense of fear doesn’t change the behaviour of young people. Peer education allows young people to gain the required knowledge to make a proper and informed decision since it takes advantage of peer influence in a positive way.