By the end of this lesson, participants will be able to:
1. Describe how the concept of “safer sex” includes being safe from unwanted sexual activity.
2. Identify how traditional sex-role expectations may program girls to be victims and boys to be offenders.
3. Explain how a person’s sexual safety is at risk whenever a couple is not communicating honestly and clearly about what is happening between them.
4. Identify incidents of miscommunication and recommend behavior changes.
Although “safer sex” has become equated with prevention of sexually transmitted infections, a truly safe encounter must be free also from fear of unplanned pregnancy and from coercion or pressure. However, recent studies show that the expectations of both males and females lead many to believe that force to achieve intercourse is acceptable, even expected, in a variety of dating situations. This lesson demonstrates how such assumptions as well as miscommunication can lead to date rape. It provides strategies for addressing dating safety.