FOR PARENTS AND LOVED ONES

Sexual assault can be a difficult topic. In the aftermath of trauma, it is critical survivors find people who will listen, love, and support them. The shame many survivors face is isolating and can extend to the family of survivors, affecting every aspect of your lives, from where you live, work, and send your children to school, as you are trying to seek justice and healing. And, as much as parents are uncomfortable discussing sex with children, tweens, and teens, it’s critical we have these conversations from a young age about what consent and healthy relationships mean. To teens and survivors, we parents are often not perfect—but we can be a good place to start. Communicating with a trusted teacher, an adult in your religious community, a mature friend, or an older sibling can make all the difference.

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