The Southern African Sexual Health Association(SASHA) is a non-profit organisation that was established in 1999. We provide an association for the protection of the public and healthcare professionals who provide sexology, sexual health and related forms of treatment. SASHA’s mission is to provide credible information and education on sexual health issues from a multi-disciplinary perspective (biopshychosocial approach) for the general public, the media, sexual health educators and sexual health practitioners.
SASHA works to promote sexual health for all. Sexual health is a goal not only for medical clinicians, it is a common goal of many disciplines. SASHA is devoted to the promotion of sexual health and the development and advancement in the fields of sexology, sexual medicine, sexual therapy, counseling and education.
Start-up funding was provided by Pfizer Global Pharmaceuticals.
- SASHA affirms the fundamental value of sexuality as an inherent, essential and beneficial dimension of being human.
- SASHA accepts as its mission the advancement of the highest standards of professional practice for SASHA members and SASHA Certified sexologists, sexuality educators, sexuality councillors and sex therapists.
- SASHA opposes all psychological, social,cultural, legislative and governmental forces that would restrict, curtail or interfere with the fundamental values of sexual health and sexual freedom that we support.
- SASHA opposes all abuses of sexuality including , but not limited to, harassment, intimidation, coercion, prejudice and the infringement of any individual’s sexual and civil rights.
- SASHA recognises that sexual health involves medical, psychological and social components and welcome registered healthcare practitioners from these disciplines as members.
- SASHA support sexual rights as fundamental human rights and support The Universal Declaration of Sexual Rights from The World Association for Sexual Health (WAS).
Position on Sexual Orientation and Reparative Therapy
The Southern African Sexual Health Association (SASHA) takes the position that same sex orientation, or any other sexual orientation, is not a mental disorder. We oppose any “reparative” or conversion therapy that seeks to “change” or “fix” a person’s sexual orientation. SASHA does not believe that sexual orientation is something that needs to be or can be “fixed” or “changed.”
The rationale behind this position is the following:
- Reparative therapy (for minors, in particular) is often forced or non-consensual
- Reparative therapy has been proven harmful to minors
- There is no scientific evidence supporting the success of these interventions
- Reparative therapy is grounded in the idea that non-heterosexual orientation is “disordered”
- Reparative therapy has been shown to be a negative predictor of psychotherapeutic benefit
Reparative or conversion therapy is defined as:
- Services or interventions purporting to “cure” any orientation that is non-heterosexual
- Services that seek to change non-heterosexual orientation because of the assumption that homosexuality is a mental disorder
Our position is consistent with our professional colleagues, including but not limited to:
The American Psychiatric Association, The World Association for Sexual Health (WAS), The American Medical Association, The American Psychological Association, The American Psychoanalytic Association, The American Counseling Association, The National Association of Social Workers (USA), The American Academy of Pediatrics, The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, The American School Counselor Association, and The Pan American Health Organization.
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