Risk

Everything in life involves risk. Walking out the front door of our home can be risky. Not walking out the front door of our home can be risky. Going online can be risky. Not going online can be risky.

Relationships can also be risky. Friends might disappoint us. Boyfriends, girlfriends, romantic partners might break our heart. Sex might lead to unplanned pregnancy or STIs. Consent isn’t always respected. Some people might try to rip us off. But not having relationships can also be risky. Loneliness and isolation are hazardous to our health.

How much risk should we take? How can we figure out when a risk is worth it to us, and when it isn’t? How can we improve the odds of good things happening?

What are the risks of never taking risks? What are the risks of not having enough information to make our own informed choices? Who are the right people to ask about these things?

Let’s have a conversation!

Videos

Do you Feel Comfortable to be Alone With Someone?

When people are intimate or have sex, it usually happens in a private place when they are alone together. Deciding whether you feel comfortable and safe enough with someone to be alone with them for the first time can be tricky. In this video, people talk about how they make this decision.

Resources

STARS

A great tool for sex and consent conversations.

1-800-SEX-SENSE Line

A free, anonymous telephone and email info hotline where you can ask any question about sex.

Options For Sexual Health

British Columbia’s largest sexual health nonprofit, with lots of info and services on their website.

Scarleteen

A sexuality and relationships website for teens and emerging adults.

The Smart Sex Resource

A website with lots of information on safer sex and STIs, including how to get tested and treated.

Pharmacare & Contraception

If you receive disability benefits in British Columbia, you’re usually eligible for a free hormonal IUD through Pharmacare.

On the Loose

A print-based resource for folks living on their own for the first time.

Is That Legal?

A print-based, plain-language resource about online sexual harassment and your legal rights.

Opt: Love, Sex, and Connection in the Time of Isolation

Tips on, dating, sexual pleasure, and safety during COVID.

New York Health Authority’s COVID Sex Tips

How to stay safer during sex, even if you’re not following all of Bonnie Henry’s rules…

News

Sex Education Season 3 Is Must-See TV

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The Netflix teen comedy series breaks new ground by featuring a lead character with a disability as part of a romantic triangle.

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