Rais­ing aware­ness

The Galloway News - - DISTRICT NEWS -

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

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