Working with young people to promote

respectful relationships and prevent sexual violence.



Working with young people to promote

respectful relationships and prevent sexual violence.


Kia ora and welcome to the BodySafe website!

BodySafe is an interactive secondary school programme that promotes healthy relationships by having open and supportive conversations about respectful relationships, sex and consent.

By working with young people to promote healthy and respectful relationships we can reduce rates of sexual violence in Aotearoa New Zealand.

One recent study found that approximately one in five girls and one in 10 boys reported that they had been touched or made to do sexual things at least once in their life.* Other studies have shown that as many as one in three girls and one in eight boys may have had an unwanted sexual experience. 


WHAT BodySafe is ABOUT

BodySafe is a programme that talks about respectful relationships and sex. Some of the terms and ideas we use within the BodySafe programme may be new to you. To ensure we are all on the same page, we need to cover the basics.

BodySafe gives us a great opportunity to talk about a huge number of things to do with sex, relationships and  friendships in general. We focus on creating discussions around four main topics:

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When making a decision to do something with someone else, we should always seek consent. When people are deciding to do sexual acts together, it’s important that everyone involved is keen on what’s happening.

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There are  different types of relationships with different people. Respect can look very different in all these relationships and there are  various ways in which people show respect in their relationships. 

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There are a range of feelings and issues that can come up if someone has had an unwanted sexual experience. Everyone deserves to get the support they need to heal from these experiences.

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Knowing how to safely intervene if you see something happening which may cause harm to someone else. 


*Crengle, S., Clark, T. C., Robinson, E, Bullen, P., Dyson, B., Denny, S., Fleming, T., Fortune, S., Peiris-John, R., Utter, J., Rossen, F., Sheridan, J., Teevale, T., & The Adolescent Health Research Group (2013). The health and wellbeing of Māori New Zealand secondary school students in 2012. Te Ara Whakapiki Taitamariki: Youth’12. Auckland, New Zealand: The University of Auckland.