Q and A

Lots of young people write in with different questions about relationships, sex and their faith. Often they feel that they don't have anyone to go to for advise or they feel too embarrassed to ask. We wanted to create a space where you can ask questions anonymously and see what other young people are struggling with. 

Check out the questions and answers of others below or click the 'Ask a Question' link to ask your own questions (completely anonymously) If you don't want your question shared to help others then just say in your message. 


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Why are some men circumcised?

There are normally two reasons for a man to be circumcised: for medical reasons or for religious reasons. Some religions, such as Islam and Judaism, say that their men should be circumcised. This normally happens when they are young babies.

My boyfriend pinched my nipple, is that bad?

Actually it sounds painful. The real question is why did he do it? Was it to hurt you? If so then yes, it was bad. Was it to give you pleasure? Then only you can decide whether it was something which you enjoyed.

If you are in a situation that your husband is abusing you, but you feel you can’t leave what should you do?

Unfortunately, domestic violence is common today, but abuse is abuse even if it occurs in the home, and the police have powers to act in these cases. Many people however, don’t want to involve the police, as they may still love their spouse and don’t want to get them into trouble. They may also worry that it may reflect badly on the family and in some communities there is pressure to stay in a relationship, especially a marriage, even if there is abuse. (more…)

Am I too young to have lesbian sex?

If either person is under the age of sixteen then it is illegal for them to have sex, even lesbian sex. It is unlikely that someone would be prosecuted for under age sex (if they were similar in age, both were consenting to the relationship and neither was seen as vulnerable) but it is important to remember that the law is there to protect young people. Apart from the legal side of things, it is important that people make up their own mind about when it is right to have sex. (more…)

I’m a lesbian but can’t tell my family. What should I do?

There are many things that we might find difficult to talk about in our families, for some it may also be very dangerous, but there are people and websites who may be able to offer support. I don’t know if you are a young person of faith or not, but here are some websites that may help you. There are many young people in your situation, you are not alone.

LEFT – Lesbians Exploring Faith Together is a website that supports Christian lesbians

The Muslim Youth Helpline (MYH) is a helpline for Muslim young people

Elop is an non faith organisation based in east London that support gay people .