Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Talk to Your Kids About Consent During Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Sexual Assault Awareness MonthApril is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, which makes it a great time to discuss teen issues with consent, teen sexual assault and healthy boundaries with your kids.

Using Sexual Assault Awareness Month to Launch a Healthy Discussion

This campaign to create awareness about sexual assault was designed by the National Sexual Violence Research Center. It focuses on “I ask” as a phrase that everyone can live by and agree to. The campaign aims to promote and normalize the idea that asking for consent is a standard step that must be completed before engaging in any form of sexual activity.

Stopping sexual assault begins at home. By teaching our young girls and boys about the importance of asking for consent, we can begin to shift the culture. Girls need to understand that they have the right to say no, and that a guy should not push them to do anything they don’t want to do. Young men need to understand that they are not entitled to sex, and that even if a girl has flirted with them, kissed them and even engaged in sexual activity with them in the past, she still has the right to withdraw consent at any time.

Discussing Teen Issues with Consent and Sex

No parent likes discussing sex with their kids, but it’s something that must be done. Too many kids are growing up without any education on healthy boundaries. Many people think of rape as something that happens in dark alleys on the wrong side of town, but most rapes occur at the hands of a known and often trusted person. This is because so many young men were simply never taught that a woman has the right to say no.

If you need help discussing teen sexual assault with your kids, please contact me today. I offer mentoring programs for teens as well as retreats for parents and kids to enjoy together. By opening up an ongoing conversation about consent with your kids, you’ll make it easier for everyone to openly discuss these issues in the future. Not only will healthy boundaries help kids stay safe and out of trouble, but they will also promote strong teen self-esteem.

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