We are Sexplain

Vision: improve people's sexual health and emotional wellbeing, and give them the critical tools to develop or defend a more equal society.

Mission: comprehensive and inclusive sex and relationships education workshops for young people which confronts taboos and social injustices.

It is difficult to explain why any school would allow girls to be subjected to sexual harassment and violent behaviour that has been outlawed in the adult workplace. Despite this, the Department for Education and Ofsted have no coherent plan to ensure schools tackle the causes and consequences of sexual harassment and sexual violence.”
— Maria Miller MP, Chair of the Commons Women and Equalities Committee

The Facts:

In September 2016 The Women and Equalities Committee's report into sexual harassment and sexual violence in schools found: 

  • 59% of girls and young women aged 13–21 said in 2014 that they had faced some form of sexual harassment at school or college in the past year. 1

  • Almost a third of 16–18-year-old girls say they have experienced unwanted sexual touching at school. 2
  • 41% of UK girls aged 14 to 17 who reported an intimate relationship experienced some form of sexual violence from their partner. 3
  • 22% of young girls aged 7–12 have experienced jokes of a sexual nature from boys. 4
  • Nearly three-quarters of all 16–18-year-olds (boys and girls) say they hear sexual name-calling with terms such as “slut” or “slag” used towards girls at school on a daily basis or a few times a week. 5
  • 28% of 16–18-year olds say they have seen sexual pictures on mobile phones at school a few times a month or more. 6

We want to change the fact that:

  • 95% young people say they did not learn about LGBT sex and relationships in SRE. 7
  • 89% were not taught about sex and pleasure in SRE. 8
  • 97% missed out on any discussion around gender identity in SRE. 9
  • Over half of the young people surveyed by the Sex Education Forum who identified as transgender, lesbian or gay or who reported having a physical disability felt their SRE was 'bad or very bad'. 10
  • Nearly a third of 14-17 year olds say they learnt about sex from porn. 11 
  • 75% were not taught about consent. 12

And also that:

  • 58% young people say the main reason for using condoms is to avoid pregnancy, compared with 29% for avoiding infections. 13
  • Around 15% of under 25s reported having unprotected sex with two or more partners in the last year. 14
  • More than one-third of young people think carrying protection is a sign someone is promiscuous. 15
  • 51% of all new STIs diagnosed in 2016 were in people aged 15 to 24 years. 16
  • Cervical screening coverage has fallen across all age groups in the last 10 years. 17
  • Out of 1,000 people surveyed, 34% admitted to not feeling confident talking about sex. 18