Conversation is key to prevention. But talking can be tough, especially with teenagers. Our Lead Advocate, Kathleen, gives some advice:
Bring up “touchier” subjects with hypotheticals. Ask, “If a friend ever told you they had sex with someone without their consent, what would you say?” Or, “If you are at a party and others start drinking or using drugs, what would you do?”
When they ask a question, stop what you are doing (no matter how important it may seem at the time) and take advantage of that time. It may be the only chance they have to open up about what they are experiencing. A small question can turn into an important conversation.
Always be open and honest. Share about your experiences and things you encountered while growing up.
Driving in the car can be the best time to talk. It seems like a safer place and less awkward.
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