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Category: Protective Conversations

You can be a part of sexual assault prevention!

Did you know you can build prevention into your regular “How was your day?” conversations? Because you don’t want to scare or overwhelm a child when you’re talking about bodies and boundaries, make sure you’re layering in protective conversations casually and authentically. 

Children are smart. They know when you’re “digging” for particular information or asking questions to get at certain topics. So keep it casual and practice protective skills often. 

By supporting protective skills through conversation, you can help keep children safer from sexual violence.

Why I’m not squeezing my grandkids in that bearhug like I used to

My grandkids call me Dede because “grandma” just wasn’t happening. I’m far too cool to be a grandma – and I certainly don’t feel like one. But sometimes, even Dede’s mess up.  A few days ago, I was at a family gathering and was squeezing my 10-year-old grandson in what I thought was a lovely…
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Rethinking the ‘Body Talk’

In sexual assault prevention work, we often talk about how important it is to get consent when it comes to physical contact with others’ bodies. We want children to know that their bodies are theirs, and that others’ bodies and boundaries deserve respect.  Small, early practices like asking “Can we move over there?” before moving…
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Boosting Connectedness & Emotional Health in Conversation

Did you know you can help children thrive by supporting positive emotional health and feelings of being connected to a community? Researchers are even starting to uncover connections between these skills and factors that protect kids from harming others and eventually perpetrating sexual violence. So what’s emotional wellness anyway? The National Institute for Health defines…
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Building empathy through conversation

Strong empathy skills may help prevent sexual violence According to research and the CDC’s Stop Sexual Violence Technical package, “the evidence suggests that greater empathy, emotional health and connectedness, academic achievement, and having parents who use reasoning to resolve family conflicts are associated with a lower risk of Sexual Violence (SV) Perpetration.” Helping children develop…
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Let’s Get Talking: Healthy Communication

Did you know? Healthy communication skills can help protect children Communication is an important part of any relationship – and developing healthy communication skills is a lifelong journey.  According to the CDC, healthy communication is a skill that can help prevent sexual violence. Technically, communication is classified as a “social-emotional skill” – meaning it’s a…
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