Parents for Prevention
working together to end sexual violence
a project of the Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault
Elementary School: Consent
Teaching our kids that everyone has the right to say what happens to their own body is one of the most important lessons we can teach. Modeling both that we will ask their permission before touching and that we will respect their answer is a great first step.
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Consent, for kids: Cute video aims to explain and empower
The issue of consent, often taught at the college freshman level, begins long before college, as one in four girls are sexually abused before age 18. Research has found that one of the biggest predictors of sexual assault in college is sexual assault before college. The conversation around consent needs to begin much earlier.
Teaching Kids Body Privacy, Personal Agency, & Consent Begins While They're In Diapers
It’s not an unusual scene: the kids are running through the house, chasing each other, playing tag, tackling, tickling. Friends are over and the girls have jumped in with the boys. Everyone is giggling and having a great time. Then I notice my boys (ages four and six) corner their little friend (a four year old girl) and I notice her face changes expression. What was once a cheeky smile and glint in her eye is replaced by apprehension and reservation. She no longer wants to play this chasing game but she doesn’t have the words to say no or articulate why.
I’m Not A Hugger So Why The Hell Should My Kids Be?
We all have that memory of being a little kid and being forced to hug some lumpy, smelly stranger at a holiday family gathering. Maybe you even had to kiss them too, and the grossness of those slimy foreign lips is imprinted in your mind forever. I know it is for me, and that’s why I don’t make my kids hug or kiss anyone, ever.
5 Phrases That Can Help Protect Your Child From Sexual Abuse
Over the last few years I have worked with an incredible sexual abuse prevention team. They provide training for schools, community centers, and governmental organizations, help families out of tragic situations, and provide counseling to victims. The work they do both turns your stomach to lead and lights a fire in your heart – it is unspeakable tragedy but there IS hope.
When Kristoff asks Anna for Consent in Frozen
“Every single time my toddler watches Frozen & we get to the scene where Kristoff wants to kiss Anna, I say the same thing. “Lilly look! He asked for consent! That’s so awesome!” And we cheer. Every. Time. I thought it was a concrete way to cultivate in our children a sense of control over their own bodies as well as combat rape culture...
Your Child Should Never Be Forced to Hug Anyone (Yes, Including a Relative) – Here Are 7 Reasons Why
What do you mean my child shouldn't be forced to hug anyone? Not even their own grandparents? James St. James explains in this insightful article why not forcing your child to hug anyone is important and helps encourage healthy boundaries at an early age.
8 Sex Positive Things You Can Say To Your Kids That Have Nothing To Do With Sex
"Sex positive" is a term that has been gaining more attention in recent years. A social and philosophical response to repressed, limited, and often judgmental attitudes toward sex and sexuality, the sex positive movement emphasizes that "good sex" is defined as safe, informed, consensual, and whatever else it also is beyond those things is best left up to the people participating in the act. Find out more by reading the article.