Information and Education

Awareness is key in SRH and the first thing we seek to do is help people through education and accurate information about sexual health, reproduction, sexual diseases, and related topics.

 

Frequently Asked Questions - All FAQs

What is abuse and what does it mean to be “abusive”?

Abuse is when one person hurts another person, either physically or emotionally. Abuse happens over time, usually in a cycle. It often continues until the person who is being abused gets help. Sometimes, someone else—a friend, family member—recognizes the abuse and jumps in to help. Many times, abuse can be hard to recognize and understand. One of the reasons is that an abusive person may not always seem abusive. An abusive person might seem like a nice person a lot of the time, and they might say that they care or are in love. Abuse rarely stops all by itself, but there are ways to get help if you think you are being abused.

Different Types of Abuse

Physical abuse is when someone physically hurts another person. Hitting, slapping, punching, kicking, burning, hair-pulling, choking and cutting are some examples of physical abuse. Physical abuse can leave bruises, burns and other physical marks. A lot of times, someone who is being physically abused will hide their wounds with clothes, sunglasses, make up or in other ways.

Emotional abuse is when someone uses insults, criticisms and other hurtful words that make a person feel bad. People who are being emotionally abused might hear that they’re fat, ugly, stupid or worthless or will never amount to anything. Emotional abuse can be done in private, but it can also be done in front of other people.

Psychological abuse is the use of threats or other behaviors to scare someone and reduce their support system—the people and resources someone relies on for help and support. People who psychologically abuse others do so in an attempt to make a person lose touch with reality so the person becomes dependent on the abuser. The abuser might threaten to punish or harm the person, someone they care about or themselves in order to get them to do what they want. Other examples of psychological abuse are stalking or preventing a person from sleeping.

Sexual abuse is forcing someone to do something sexual against their will. Sexual abuse includes a lot of sexual behaviors—everything from fondling a person’s genitals and having sexual intercourse to forcing someone to watch porn or perform sex acts for money. Rape and incest are forms of sexual abuse. Sexual abuse can happen to both guys and girls.

Financial abuse is when someone uses money to control another person. If one person has more money than the other person in a relationship, he or she may withhold money or control what that money can buy in order to control their partner. For teens, it might be that one of the partners has a job and because they always pay for everything, the partner with money uses that power to pressure the other person into things like sex.

In the cycle of abuse, there can be a build-up of tension or stress before some kind of abusive incident happens. After the build-up, usually the abusive person does something abusive, whether it’s physical, emotional, sexual or another type of abuse. Then it gets a little more confusing because there’s usually a period of calm after the abuse. The abuser might apologize, swear it will never happen again or say that he or she will change. The abuser might bring the person who is being abused presents or be really nice to make up for the abuse. But usually the cycle just starts over again, and there will be more tension and more abuse.

exposure to any kind of abuse for a long time can damage a person’s physical and emotional health. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the majority of people who have experienced abuse from a partner are females, most frequently with males doing the abusing. But abuse can happen to people of all sexes. Abuse also happens in all types of relationships—between partners of all sexes as well as between spouses, parent(s) and child(ren), and friends. Abuse can happen to people with little money and to people with lots of money. Abusive people can have college degrees or very little education. The same goes for people who are abused. Abuse can happen to people of all races, sexes, ethnicities, religions, socio-economic classes, abilities and sexual orientations.

It doesn’t really matter who the abuser or the abused is. Abuse is always wrong.

My partner is pressuring me to take drugs or get drunk before we have sex. What should I do? What should I say?

Alcohol and drugs do NOT make sex better. Alcohol and other drugs affect the way we’re feeling, but they don’t make sex better. Alcohol can make someone feel less uncomfortable and less inhibited—which can be really bad in a sexual situation. Ask yourself why a partner is pressuring you to take illegal and potentially dangerous drugs, during sex or otherwise. In a healthy relationship, people exhibit respect for each other; this includes not asking a partner to do things that are harmful. This may be a good time to re-examine your relationship and to decide whether it is healthy for you to remain in it.

People become less uncomfortable when they drink because alcohol slows down their brains. Alcohol makes it harder to make a decision about whether you really want to do something sexual. It also lowers inhibitions, which means that it becomes easier (in the moment) to do something you wouldn’t do when you’re sober. You still have to deal with the decision you made when you get sober, and that’s a hard situation for lots of teens who’ve done things when they’re drunk. The same is true for drugs, since they make you feel differently and can help you to make different decisions than you would when you’re not on them.

Alcohol and other drugs can also make it difficult to remember how to use a condom or make it seem like it’s no big deal to have sex with someone who’s sexual history you don’t know. In general, alcohol and other drugs make things seem less risky and easier to do.

Binge drinking, defined as having five or more drinks in one sitting, can cause a “blackout,” which means you won’t remember anything that happened, even if you seemed like you knew what you were doing at the time. There are people who’ve had whole sexual interactions with someone only to forget and later find out from someone else that it happened. Imagine how that might feel. Not to mention, legally, no one, male or female, young or old, in a committed relationship or a one-time hookup, can consent to sex while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

Tell your partner you don’t want to take the chance of hurting yourself or getting in trouble. If the relationship is healthy, your partner will respect your decision and not push the issue. If not, you may want to evaluate if the relationship is good for you.

After becoming pregnant how long is too long to wait before you have an abortion? Is it possible to get an abortion after the first trimester?

Abortion is a safe and legal option for teen and adult women in the Guyana. until the end of the second trimester (or up to six months).

It is really important for teen and adult women to seek an abortion as early in the pregnancy as possible. Why? Because most providers only perform abortions early in the pregnancy—before 14 weeks. After that, abortion can be a more complicated and expensive medical procedure.

During the second trimester, a procedure that removes the contents of the uterus is used after 14 weeks of pregnancy. This procedure requires the cervix to be opened wider than for a first-trimester abortion. Some people get general anesthesia, which basically means being put to sleep during the procedure. Others get local anesthesia, which numbs the cervical area.

Third-trimester abortions, which are done during the last three months of pregnancy, are very rare. Less than 1 percent of abortions are performed during the third trimester. They’re usually done because of serious health problems with either the mother or the fetus.

Third-trimester abortions are controversial, even among people who support abortion rights. That’s because the fetus, at this point in a pregnancy, may be able to live outside the uterus on its own. While no one should feel rushed into making a decision about an unintended pregnancy, waiting until the third trimester—or even the later part of the second trimester—isn’t a good idea because the procedure becomes more complicated.

If you have more questions about abortion, be sure to check out our list of resources.

Priorities

  • Enabling persons to cultivate a deeper understanding of human sexuality as an essential element of human rights and healthy social relationships.
  • Engaging with schools and communities on Age Appropriate Comprehensive Sexuality Education.
  • Removing the stigma and the silence around issues of sex and sexuality.
  • Special attention to adolescent and SRHR – special clinic, education, awareness and involvement in all areas.

Values

The guiding principles of GRPA’s work are: Integrity and Accountability, Social inclusivity, Diversity, Equality, Volunteerism, Commitment to Service, Love, Justice, Quality, Respect and Resourcefulness.

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Georgetown, Guyana.

Phone: +592 225 3286


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