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Booklet explains rights relating to sexuality and the law

SECCA is meeting demand for a resource that addresses sensitive and critical information relating to sexuality and the law with the launch of a new booklet.

SECCA is a not-for-profit organisation which has supported people with disability to learn about human relationships, sexuality and sexual health since 1991. Their resources are widely used by people with disability, carers, teachers and healthcare professionals.

The organisation received an NDIS Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) grant to update the Sexuality, Relationships and Your Rights booklet.

 “We had an existing booklet covering some of these issues, but we needed something that incorporated current laws, as well as the social and language changes that have occurred in the 17 years since it was first published,” SECCA Manager Juana Terpou said.

SECCA consulted with 14 community organisations and added several new sections to the booklet. These include dating, sex work, internet safety, sexting, gender identity and pornography. “The feedback was incredibly valuable and we saw the booklet grow to over 100 pages,” Juana said.

The booklet features custom illustrations that enable people to learn or teach about traditionally complex topics through a combination of simple language and image sequences.

The illustrations are inclusive of all genders and relationships, Aboriginal people and people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

The booklet will be launched at an Open Day on 6 June. It comes at a time of heightened awareness of issues facing people with disability in Australia and coincides with the recently announced Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability.

“It will empower people, and those around them, to know their legal and human rights around sexuality and relationships,” Juana said.

The open day will feature a panel of consulting organisations to discuss the broader topics and issues facing people with disability relating to sexuality, relationships, rights and the law in Western Australia.

For more about the open day and the booklet (see the cover of the booklet below), sign up to the SECCA mailing list.