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Healthy Sexuality

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Laurie Cerroni

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despite efforts in last several decades, there has been little change in attitudes about rape.

Training involves knowing what to do in situations:
First line strategies:
Be aware of surroundings
Know your limits/boundaries
Second line:
Self defense
Many communities provide self-defense classes specifically for women
Having Sex & Achieving Orgasm :)

*Lowers blood pressure
*Less stress
*Boots immunity; an increase in immunoglobulin A or IgA
*Burns calories
*Higher self esteem
*Increases pain tolerance; more endorphins are created
*Better sleep

All because of the hormone oxytocin!

What is Healthy Sexuality?
What Biological Norms Represent Healthy Sexuality?
Spiritual Norms That Represent Healthy Sexuality
"For many people, spirituality is also reflected in sexuality and the physical expression of love. Sexuality embodies the physical and emotional intimacy shared between people."
- Spirituality, Health, and Healing by Caroline Young & Cyndie Koopsen
Psychological Norms That Represent Healthy Sexuality
•Sexuality is the experience and/or expression of a person as a sexual being. Sexuality can be different from person to person and can vary over time in an individual.
•Respectful thoughts of both self and others, trust ourselves, understand ourselves, love and respect ourselves and we do the same with those around us.
•Gender Identity: being true to who you identify with and exploring the possibilities of it and accepting yourself in the way that makes you the most comfortable.
•Shame is a result of repression. It oppresses the ability to have healthy sexuality in ourselves and with others. Overcoming and finding and accepting ourselves is important to having healthy sexuality.
•Opposites of healthy psychological sexuality. Anxiety, depressions, stress, abuse, poor body image, abuse:

How Communities Can Reduce Sexual Coercion
Sexual Coercion is sexual activity that involves coercion and non consent
Child sexual abuse
Sexual harassment at work and in education
Laurie Cerroni
Anya Carter
Namera Nez
Rebecca Moore

Healthy Sexuality in Relationships and Self
How Communities Can Reduce Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)
"Sexual health is a state of physical, emotional, mental, and social well being in relation to sexuality; it is not merely the absence of disease, dysfunction, or infirmity. Sexual health requires a positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships, as well as the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences, free of coercion, discrimination, and violence. For sexual health to be attained and maintained, the sexual rights of all persons must be respected, protected, and fulfilled." Society For the Advancement of Sexual Health
* Begins with our own sexual schema and
positive self concept
* Dealing with betrayal
* Intimacy as vulnerability and authenticity
*Mutual respect
*Shame/guilt vs positive feelings

Change in attitudes
can help reduce risk of being a victim or victimizing someone else

Sexuality Education
May help reduce instances of rape and sexual harassment but it must be:
- Socratic and Democratic -
creating critical thinking, inquiry and discussion
Avoid ideologies, whether abstinence-only or permissive (Elia, J. P., 2000)
Government Funded Programs
CDC's Community Approaches to Reduce STDs or CARS:
Reduce STD disparities
Promote Sexual Health
Advance Community Wellness
Planned Parenthood Federation of America:
Sexual Education resources and programs for communities
Adams, K. M., & Robinson, D. W. (2001). Shame Reduction, Affect Regulation, and Sexual
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2012). Sexually Transmitted Diseases. Prevention.
Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/std/prevention/default.htm

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2013). Sexually Transmitted Infections
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Cyranowski, J., & Andersen, B. (1998). Schemas, sexuality, and romantic attachment. Journal Of
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Department of Defense: Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office. (2013, January 18).
Department of Defense Annual Report on Sexual Assault: Fiscal Year 2012. Vol. 1.
Retrieved from http://www.sapr.mil/public/docs/reports/FY12_DoD_SAPRO _Annual_Report_on_Sexual_Assault-VOLUME_ONE.pdf

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Changing Attitudes
Get The Facts:
Know how STDs spread
Know how to prevent the spread of STDs
Know how STDs are treated
Take Control:
Vaccination (HPV & Hepatitis)
Mutual Monogamy
Reduce Number of partners
Condoms (anal, oral, vaginal)
Get Tested
*Planned Parenthood, County Health Dept., Community Health Centers
*Primary Care Physician
*Getting tested works to help both the individual and the community
*WHY? *
According to the CDC:

Ages 15-24 make up 27% of the sexually active population

But account for 50% of the 20 million new STIs each year
For Prevention, the CDC recommends that Individuals:
Get the facts
Take Control
Get Tested
Understanding Healthy vs. Unhealthy Sexuality
*Positive feelings about sex vs. shame and guilt
*Positive feelings about self vs. shame
*Non-addictive vs. addictions
*Emotionally safe vs. emotionally traumatic
*Physically safe vs. physically destructive
*Healthy body image vs. body distortion/dislike
*Note- no prevention is 100% effective
Human Sexuality is Complicated
Sociological Norms of Healthy Sexuality
•Healthy communication in relationships promote healthy sexuality
•Talking about sex with your partner and helping them understand your needs
•Accepting others and understanding others and their orientation
•Relationship, religion, culture and upbringing shape the sociological norms of Sexuality
•Shame is a result of repression. It halts the ability to have healthy sexuality in us and with others. Overcoming and finding and accepting ourselves is important to having healthy sexuality
What are some sociological norms about sexuality that you can think of?
*National Sexual Assault Awareness Month - April
*Clothesline Project
*Students Active for Ending Rape (SAFER)
*National Coalition to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation
*Workplaces Respond to Domestic and Sexual Violence: A National Resource Center
Change in Attitudes:
Are you aware of the attitudes that exist for:
*Child sexual abuse
*Sexual Harassment
*Rape (men & women)
(CDC, 2012)
(CDC, 2012)
(as cited in Hyde & DeLamater, 2011).
(Rape Recovery Center, CDC)
(Hyde & DeLamater, 2011).
(Hyde & DeLamater, 2011).
According to Ahrens et al. (2008):
*Biological norms differ for both men and women.
*Women do go through a bit more than men because of the built in baby making feature.
For men, a study conducted by the Journal of American Medical Association, showed that an increase in ejaculation could reduce the risk of prostate cancer.
For women, exercising your pelvic muscles by doing Kegles can increase pleasure during sex, and can also reduce Pelvic Floor Disorders (PFD), BUT a study conducted by the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology concluded PFD to be independent of decrease in sexual activity or satisfaction.
Spirituality does not have to be affiliated with religion.

*Self discovery
*Relating to others
*Moving forward in life
*Being open minded; questioning beliefs, trying to understand other beliefs
What is Spirituality?
(RAINN, 2009)
In 2012, 53% of sexual assault cases in the miltary involve male victims.
93% of juvenile sexual assault victims know their attacker
(DoD, 2013)
In the U.S., 1 out of 6 women has been the victim of attempted or completed rape.
(RAINN, 2009)
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