An International survey of young people has revealed some incredible results.
International anti-bullying charity Ditch the Label has published a report looking at young people’s attitudes to relationships and sexuality in the modern age. The charity decided to investigate attitudes to sexuality and relationships in a bid to reassure young people that exploring sexuality is OK. Although Valentine’s Day is a time when the focus turns to relationships and love, the day is primarily heteronormative, which can isolate those who don’t define themselves as completely straight.
The report also examined virtual relationships, attitudes to sexuality and the relationship between sexuality and bullying. It found that 1 in 2 people have had a virtual relationship with someone they have never met, 35% of which are aged between 13 and 14 years old.
Young people are much more open-minded when it comes down to relationships. 93% felt it was OK to explore your sexuality and a whopping 57% don’t define themselves as completely straight. Almost half of all respondents also said that they would be comfortable kissing someone of the opposite sex.
Still, while these findings are encouraging, 62% of young people believe you are more likely to be bullied if you aren’t completely straight, and 20% have been bullied for their sexuality.
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