- Developing sexual health may include but not be limited to:
- Gaining comfort with one’s body.
- Understanding that sexual development is a part of human development, which may or may not include reproduction or sexual exploration.
- Having access to information and resources to protect and enhance one’s own sexual health.
- Engaging in sexual relationships that are consensual, non-exploitative, honest, pleasurable, and safe.
- Expressing sexuality while respecting the rights of others.
- Interacting with all genders in respectful and mutually agreed upon ways.
- Enjoying and noticing sexual feelings without necessarily acting on them.
- Being aware of the impact of family, cultural, media, and societal messages on thoughts, feelings, values, and behaviors related to sexuality.
- Respecting your own sexual orientation and the sexual orientations of others.
- Respecting one’s own gender identities and the gender identities of others
(NSVRC, 2012) http://www.nsvrc.org/saam/healthy-sexuality-resources
For a comparison chart contrasting healthy sexual behavior with sexually abusive behavior go to www.healthysex.com.