DECLARATION OF SEXUAL RIGHTS: Rights #7 – #11 –
In the summer of 1999 at the 14th World Congress of Sexuality, the Declaration of Sexual Rights was adopted. The participants sought to advance the cause of sexual health. They declared that sexual health is one of our basic Human Rights. They, further, adopted eleven (11) basic Sexual Rights to assure that human beings and societies develop Healthy Sexuality. Sexual Rights #7 – #11as adopted by the 14th World Congress of Sexology are presented below:
7. The right to sexually associate freely: This right identifies that each person has the freedom to choose to marry or not, to divorce and establish other types of responsible sexual associations.
8. The right to make free and responsible reproductive choices: This right includes whether or not to have children, as well as the number and spacing of children. It grants each person full access to the means of fertility regulation.
9. The right to sexual information: Such sexual information is intended to be based upon scientific inquiry, generated through unencumbered and yet scientifically ethical inquiry, disseminated appropriately at all societal levels.
10. The right to comprehensive sexuality education: Education in sexuality is intended to be a lifelong process from birth throughout the life cycle. It includes the involvement of all social institutions.
11. The right to sexual healthcare: This Right is broad in scope. It is intended to be available for prevention and treatment of all sexual concerns, problems and disorders.
You give yourself a gift by honoring and expressing your own sexual rights. This gift supports you to create your own healthy sexual self and to express yourself fully — emotionally — through your sexuality!
I encourage you to USE these rights over and over as solid expressions of your own healthy sexuality! I further invite you to find new ways to extend these rights in your life, so as to intensify the healthy elements that the pleasure and satisfaction of loving sexuality add to your life and that of your partner.