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Every 107 seconds, an American is sexually assaulted in the United States. Almost half of victims are children and the overwhelming majority under 30 years old. Astonishing, 4/5 assaults are committed by someone known to the victim, according to the Rape Abuse And Incest National Network.
Teaching consent is one antidote to sexual violence. Empathy and respect for others and their boundaries go hand in hand with consent. As parents, it is our job to teach children what consent is, what consent is not, and how to recognize what it looks like when someone does something without the other’s consent.
Alli Kirkham asks, What if we treated all consent like society treats sexual consent? and brilliantly illustrates this for us to understand and use these analogies. Share them and talk about them with your kids. And share them on your page or with other adults. Start the conversation!