Sexual health was put in the spotlight in Dumfries and Galloway last week.
Several agencies were involved in the annual D&G Sexual Health Awareness Week.
And this year the focus was on the effects of pornography on health and wellbeing.
Maggie Gurney from Sexual Health D&G said: “The awareness week is aimed at encouraging people to consider issues which might be relevant to them or other people in their lives to perhaps gain more information, awareness and understanding and, hopefully, feel more confident about discussing issues and seeking advice.”
Advances around the internet and mobile technology means that pornography has never been so accessible.
Data reveals that 47 per cent of relationship counsellors report seeing an increasing number of clients where pornography is causing a problem in their relationship.
Meanwhile, one in three children are now believed to have viewed sexualised images online before the age of 10 and the single largest group of internet pornography consumers is children aged 12-17.
Laura Gibson from DG Health and Wellbeing said: “As part of this year’s campaign, staff across partner agencies are being invited to share their perspectives on whether pornography is affecting their clients or service users.
“And where it is, they’ll be asked what information and training might be useful. We plan to follow this up with training and resource development and then next year with some wider work to raise awareness with the public.”
Agencies involved include Dumfries and Galloway Domestic Abuse and Violence Against Women Partnership, South West Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Centre, Police Scotland and Relationships Scotland.
Sexual health week Representatives of some of the partner agencies