Rutgers celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2017. This marks, of course, a special milestone for our organisation and the world of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights. Our work is carried out in the Netherlands and in countries where we can make a difference. Rutgers’ work is part of the ‘Dutch identity’ which firmly commits to enabling people make their own choices in relation to sexuality and reproductive health.
Young people are naturally curious about sex and sexuality. Rutgers asserts the right of young people to receive adequate education to make well-informed choices in relationships and their sexual lives. Comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) means providing information and guidance about the physical and emotional aspects of growing up and starting relationships.
We are eager to ensure that everyone in the world has the opportunity to live a happy and healthy life. Unfortunately, this is not something that can be taken for granted. In this overview 2016 we tell about our drive and passion. About Rutgers’ DNA, the milestones we have reached and the challenges that lie ahead in the future. I wish you pleasure in reading and viewing this review!
At the age of 18.6, half of all young Dutch people aged between 12 and 25 have had sexual intercourse. In 2012 this was the case at the age of 17.1. This is one of the findings of the third edition of the large-scale representative survey Sex Under 25 that was presented by Rutgers and Soa Aids Nederland recently. Girls appear to choose more consciously for a contraceptive method that suits them, because the use of the pill has declined in favour of IUDs. Worryingly, 40% of young people do not use a condom during one-night stands. Compared to 2012, the number of young people who have been forced to do, or submit to, something sexual has decreased. However, the number of young people who have sent nude pictures or sex videos of themselves has increased sharply.
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