Working with young people to promote
respectful relationships and prevent sexual violence.

Kia ora and welcome to the BodySafe website!

BodySafe is an interactive programme that promotes healthy relationships by having open and supportive conversations about respectful relationships, sex and consent.

By working with young people to promote healthy and respectful relationships we can reduce rates of sexual violence in Aotearoa New Zealand.

What Is BodySafe About?

BodySafe is a programme that talks about respectful relationships and sex. Some of the terms and ideas we use within the BodySafe programme may be new to you. To ensure we are all on the same page, we need to cover the basics. We focus on creating discussions around four main topics:

  • One recent study found that more than one in four females and almost one in ten males reported that they had been touched in a sexual way or made to do sexual things*

*Fleming, T., Archer, D., King-Finau, T., Dewhirst, M., & Clark T. (2021). Youth19 Safety and Violence Brief. Youth19 and The Adolescent Health Research Group, Auckland and Wellington.
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When making a decision to do something with someone else, we should always seek consent. When people are deciding to do sexual acts together, it’s important that everyone involved is keen on what’s happening.

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There are  different types of relationships with different people. Respect can look very different in all these relationships and there are  various ways in which people show respect in their relationships. 

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There are a range of feelings and issues that can come up if someone has had an unwanted sexual experience. Everyone deserves to get the support they need to heal from these experiences.

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Knowing how to safely intervene if you see something happening which may cause harm to someone else.