Teaching college-aged young adults how to protect themselves and others from sexual harassment, assault, coercion, and misconduct – and how to make a report in case of an unsafe situation.
As parents and caregivers, we strive to keep our children safe. When our children get ready to go to college, we talk to them about setting up dorm rooms, studying, eating healthy food, choosing the right coursework, locking doors, and so much more. We talk about the easy and comfortable topics. However, we often avoid the topics that are difficult and uncomfortable. While it may be difficult to talk about, sexual abuse, harassment, coercion, and assault are very real problems on college campuses. It is estimated that 1 in 5 women and 1 in 16 men will be sexually assaulted while at college, and a recent study has revealed that even authority figures can and do perpetrate sexual assault and coercion. It may help to start this important conversation by emphasizing the importance of safety, paving the way for an open and honest discussions about the real dangers of sexual misconduct on college campuses.
It is important to empower your child with an understanding of healthy relationships, personal boundaries, and the meaning of consent. Discuss these important concepts with your child. Emphasize that they have the personal power to make decisions about their bodies and they have the right to have these decisions be respected.
Not sure where start? Check out our Conversation Guide below.