Sex, young people and the law

Sex, young people and the law

About the project

This project addresses the growing need for preventative legal education about sexuality for young people in their early teenage years. It is a highly collaborative project that complements existing sexuality and healthy relationships programs in schools and supports teachers in their delivery of the Department of Education and Training’s Respectful Relationships curriculum.

Lawyers and educators from Victoria Legal Aid and community legal centres deliver professional development sessions to Victorian teachers building their legal knowledge and introducing them to our lesson plans, activities and audio visual content.  We also offer support in the classroom with a series of interactive sessions to secondary schools, VCAL programs and other youth education programs across Victoria. 

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The legal issues

Sex, young people and the law focuses on four topics:

  • Age of consent
  • Consent
  • Cyberbullying
  • Sexting.

Our growing work with schools, teachers and young people has brought to the fore the need for more education about the legal consequences associated with sending selfies and having sex at a certain age, identifying what is legally meant by cyberbullying, and knowing where to go for legal support.

There is a high rate of sex-related crimes where both offender and victim are aged 15 to 19 and there are some where both offender and victim are found to be younger than 15.

Our partners

Our partners include:

  • Loddon Campaspe Community Legal Centre
  • Department of Education and Training
  • Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, La Trobe University
  • Domestic Violence Resource Centre of Victoria
  • South Eastern Centre Against Sexual Assault (SECASA).

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