Sexual and reproductive information for ACT young women

Sexual and reproductive health is a significant issue for younger ACT women, which includes being well-informed about choices. Sometimes it is hard to find out reliable, appropriate and local information online. This website was created by the Women’s Centre for Health Matters and Sexual Health and Family Planning ACT to provide local and relevant information to younger ACT women (and their partners, families and friends) about sexual and reproductive health, contraception, STI prevention and treatment, pregnancy options, healthy relationships, realistic expectations about sex, body image, what consent looks like, safe use of technology and where to go for reliable trusted advice and support. 

Stats and facts

One in seven

young Australians reckon it’s okay for a man to continue having sex with a woman who initiated but changed her mind and pushed him away. (NCAS)

Around a quarter

of young Australians wrongly believe that a lot of times women who say they were raped led a man on and then regretted it. (NCAS)

More than one in four

young Australians agreed that “if a woman sends a nude image to her partner, then she is partly responsible if he shares it without her permission”. (NCAS)

37%

of young Australians agreed that “it is common for sexual assault accusations to be used as a way of getting back at men”. (NCAS)

One in eight

of young Australians aren’t aware that non-consensual sex in marriage is a crime. (NCAS)

Three quarters

of young Australians had sex in the last year without a condom at least once. (National Debrief Survey UNSW)

More than two thirds

of young people who had five or more casual partners in the last year didn’t use a condom. (National Debrief Survey UNSW)

One in five

young people did not know contracting STIs could have no symptoms. (UNSW)

Three quarters

of chlamydia notifications were for young Australians. (National Debrief Survey UNSW)

More than one in five

young people believe there is no harm in making sexist jokes about women when among their male friends. (NCAS)

20%

of young men do not understand that repeatedly keeping track of a partner’s location was a form of violence against women. (NCAS)

Two-thirds

of Australian teenagers have been involved in a romantic relationship by the age of 16-17 years. LSAC

One in five

16-17 year-olds who were sexually active reported doing nothing to prevent sexually transmitted infections. LSAC

Almost half

of girls and one third of boys aged 16-18 years said that they had experienced some form of unwanted sexual behaviour towards them in the past 12 months. LSAC