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Got consent?

Infographic by: Yasmin Myers
March 15, 2020

Whether single or not, there are important guidelines to know when it comes to consent. Consent is a crucial part of any interaction, especially when it comes to sexual activities. According to Planned...

Under pressure: Are you and your significant other sexually active?

Under pressure: Are you and your significant other sexually active?
March 15, 2020

Nationwide, the number of teenagers having sex has decreased, and this trend is mirrored at Ventura High School.  High school is a stressful time for a lot of students, and for a lot of reasons. On top...

Losing your virginity- when is the right time?

Losing your virginity- when is the right time?
March 15, 2020

Ventura High School students’ opinions on the stigma of when you should lose your virginity. Losing your virginity can be nerve racking. Some teenagers view losing your virginity as a passageway to maturity,...

California bill punishes sending unsolicited nudes

California bill punishes sending unsolicited nudes
March 15, 2020

Many VHS students have received unsolicited nude photos and repercussions for the senders could be severe. It is common knowledge that sending sexually explicit photos of minors is illegal, however, out...

Abuse: VHS speaks their mind

Jealousy, possessiveness, and the controlling of behaviors are just some of the
March 12, 2020

Resources at VHS are here to assess abusive relationships. [dropcap size=small]P[/dropcap]hysical and verbal abuse in consensual or non-consensual relationships is a recurring issue throughout partnerships...

How does social media affect teen relationships?

How does social media affect teen relationships?
March 11, 2019

People have always scrutinized each other’s lives on social media, whether it’s the photos people post or who they decide to hang out with. The same scrutiny falls on relationships, from who people...

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March 8, 2019

Having a relationship in high school is a good life experience that could teach you lessons for the future. Some people look down upon high school relationships, saying things like, “Oh, you have...

A psychological view: why it’s embarrassing to be sexually assaulted

A psychological view: why it’s embarrassing to be sexually assaulted
March 3, 2019

38.3 percent of students surveyed at Ventura High School have engaged in sexual activity. Of those, 21 percent of students have done so under the influence of alcohol. A percentage of both of those have...

Do you care what I wear?

Freshman Audrey Flynn expressing her opinion on different ways people react to style. Photo by Juliana Jacobson
March 3, 2019

Dress code policies in school are becoming less strict. Peoples’ arguments for self expressions make it continuously harder to box their sense of fashion however modest, artsy, or ‘skanky’ it may...

Rape and harassment laws to know

Infographic by: Sarah Clench
March 2, 2019

According to the Sex and Dating survey conducted by The Cougar Press, 8 percent of students at Ventura High School who have been in a relationship have been physically abused at least once. Out of the...

VUSD students share their thoughts on participating in their own sexual education

The health textbooks located in the library used to teach the health course. Photo by: Doug Sandford
March 2, 2019

For over 10 years now, Ventura High School’s Cougar Press has conducted an annual survey regarding sexual education and health for the students who attend VHS. In the Ventura Unified School District,...

Who do students at VHS turn to for advice on their sex life?

Who do students at VHS turn to for advice on their sex life?
March 1, 2019

In a world where there’s seemingly endless information at the complete ease of a Google search, one might wonder whether the quintessential awkward “birds and the bees talk” between parent and child...

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