Did your parents teach you about your body and consent? Or did they skirt around the topic? Paris, Jenny, and Robert talk about why the healthy sex talk is important.
These are comments by Paris, Jenny, and Robert Duffer on the post “The Healthy Sex Talk: Teaching Kids Consent, Ages 1-21“.
A really excellent article. Thank you so much for such a comprehensive guide to how to deal with this on an every-day level with kids. The only thing I would add that is very important in this day and age of media saturation, is a constant and open discourse of what kids are seeing in the media. For example, with little ones, even saying, “look at that little girl. Isn’t she brave?” to asking teens to think about what the messages and portrayals of women/men/relatonships etc is in this film and talking about what is or isn’t realistic or what they would do differently. Thanks again for a really wonderful and helpful article.
This information is invaluable. Primary prevention starts with these tips, when your family and children are safe. While it is the belief at Stop It Now! that adults need to be responsible for safety, talking about safe and healthy behaviors with children is crucial in safety planning. Letting children know that adults are willing to talk about the difficult topics, including sex, builds a net of security. Thank you for this article and the Helpline at Stop It Now! will surely direct our audience to this as an educational and supportive resource.
Robert Duffer said:
It’s time we addressed what to do about rape culture instead of just identify it, time to be proactive instead of reactive, and this nails it. This is the best thing I’ve seen, in terms of its depth and simplicity, for parents and educators to be able to realize. I’d be promoting this regardless where it came from. As an editor/writer, thank you for affecting change via collaboration; as a parent, thank you.
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