Teaching About Sexual Harassment and Why it is Important
Teaching about sexual harassment could be difficult for a parent, but it is something that must be done. Did you know that 90% of sexual abuse cases involve someone in a child’s circle of trust? What’s sad is that only 1 in 10 victims actually report the abuse or don’t even know that they were sexually harassed until later on in life. In the media, you always hear or see stories of high-profile individuals who abuse their power to take advantage of young children. As parents, we have the responsibility to teach our children about the behaviors that cross boundaries and that can potentially expose them to sexual harrasment. Teaching about sexual harassment can reduce a child’s exposure and risk factors involved in sexual harrasment and abuse.
When teaching about sexual harassment, educate your child on how sexual harrasment can happen, for example, inappropriate touching or inappropriate pictures. Together come up with a safety plan if ever they feel scared, sad or nervous during an uncomfortable situation, like teaching them to scream out “NO!” with authority. More importantly, be a good listener and let your child know that they can tell you anything without being judged.
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