It's a good point. It's important that we have these conversations with our young people. Campuses are taking this responsibility very seriously; Skidmore and Wellspring are working very collaboratively and proactively to have increased prevention and awareness programs and on-campus access to a Wellspring advocate. But the responsibility doesn't reside solely with colleges.
Parents need to talk with their sons and daughters about sexual assault and about consent. Wondering how to start that conversation. Maybe we can help; here's two ways Wellspring can help you start the conversation:
- Wellspring has a an interactive awareness program Rape or Regret. It's a video of a trial for a common date rape scenario (a party with underage drinking). Our staff present the video and facilitate a discussion session. We've had parents and teens watch it together. A mother commented months after attending a viewing that she'd always wondered how to start that difficult conversation with her daughters. After they attended the program "the conversation just started... It opened the lines of communication, and now my daughters' friends also talk comfortably with me about these issues." We can bring this presentation to your community group. It's free, enlightening, and interactive.
- Need a quick and easy conversation starter? Here's a two minute video Wellspring developed about consent.