Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)

When you decide to become sexually active, it is important to establish how you will protect yourself, such as using a condom and being aware of your own health history. If you’re concerned that you might already have an STI, there are various options for support, resources, and treatment. Minors in Washington state have rights around confidentiality, so if you are worried about talking to your parents, it’s still worth seeking additional information.

Pregnancy

Getting pregnant can be a wonderful and exciting thing, but when it happens at the wrong time, it can be overwhelming and requires making complicated choices. There are many methods of birth control and talking to your partner is the best way to figure out the right choice. If you think you might be pregnant and you’re not sure what to do, there are resources to help you find out and provide additional support. You don’t have to go through this alone.   

Sexual Assault

Sexual assault can happen to anyone. After a sexual assault occurs, it can feel scary and hopeless, but it is never your fault. There are various actions you can take including contacting police, going to an emergency room, getting tested for STIs, or even talking with someone you trust. You can take each of these steps when you’re ready. Making a report does not mean you have to press charges. Getting more information can help you map next steps to take. 

Signs of Domestic Violence

A relationship might be toxic or abusive is if your partner:  

  • Checks your cell phone or email without your permission  
  • Constantly puts you down
  • Shows extreme jealousy
  • Has an explosive temper 
  • Isolates you from family and/or friends 
  • Makes false accusations 
  • Physically hurts you 
  • Threatens to kill themself to get you to do something
  • Acts possessive over social media or uses it as a way to cyberbully, harass, and/or threaten you  

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