Risks: sex under pressure

It might be that you want to, or have tried, sex or sexual activity. Sex is one of the most intimate things we can do with another person. Sexual activity takes many forms and, to put it mildly, it is a complicated part of human relationships.

If someone makes you feel obligated or forced to do something you don’t want to, you may be experiencing ‘coercion’. By definition, sexual coercion is ‘the act of using pressure, alcohol or drugs, or force to have sexual contact with someone against his or her will’ and includes ‘persistent attempts to have sexual contact with someone who has already refused’.

You should NEVER feel under pressure to have sex. Read our page ‘Sex without love‘.

Read our page on the age of consent here, the Family Planning Association’s advice on young people and sex here and BBC Radio 1’s Advice page here.