Resources to Guide Discussions About Consent, Sexual Harassment and Misconduct
Statistics About Sexual Misconduct and Reporting in the United States
Resources for Talking About Consent With Adolescents
- Teaching Consent at Every Age — Healthline: list of conversation starters, vocabulary choices and approachable tips for parents of children at three ages, toddlers and early elementary school; late elementary and middle school; high school and young adults.
- Consent for Kids — Blue Seat Studio: video for kids about what it means to be in control of one’s own body, belongings and choices.
- This Is How You Teach Kids About Consent — Huffington Post/The Good Men Project: specific recommendations for starting conversations about sexual activity, organized by age group for people ages 1 through 21.
- How to Talk to Kids About Consent — Child Mind Institute: advice about conversations regarding consent and substance use, verbal and non-verbal consent and the pressure to be sexually active.
- Healthy Communications With Kids (PDF, 282 KB) — NSVRC: downloadable flyer for parents and other adults who want to share advice for conversations about consent.
- How to Teach Consent Early (PDF, 1.6 MB) — NSVRC: downloadable one-pager for parents about self-reflection and the behaviors they model for their children.
- Consent at Every Age — Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education: suggestions for parents of kids in elementary and middle school, including book recommendations and videos for additional learning.
Discussing Sexual Assault and Harassment
Defining Sexual Harassment
Defining Sexual Assault
Resources for Talking About Sexual Assault and Harassment
- Body Autonomy — Prevent Child Sexual Abuse: video for parents that demonstrates age-appropriate conversations with children about saying no to physical contact with others.
- 10 Ways to Teach Your Kid Skills About Preventing Sexual Abuse — Child Mind Institute: variety of strategies that parents can use to educate their children when they’re ready to talk about sexual abuse and harmful behaviors.
- Talking to Your Kids About Sexual Assault — RAINN: actionable ideas and talking points for parents and their children to discuss personal safety and looking out for others.
- Children’s Behaviors Toolkit — Stop It Now: overview of children’s behaviors that can be considered warning signs for instigating or experiencing harmful and abusive activity.
- Identifying Sexual Harassment: A Classroom Activity (PDF, 75 KB) — New Mexico State University: downloadable guide to facilitating an activity where students learn the definitions of harassment and assault, read descriptions of a scenario and work together to identify whether the scenario meets the definition.
- What Families Need to Know About Sexual Assault and Safety on Campus — NSVRC: tip sheet for families to discuss safety and healthy relationships, as well as questions parents can ask universities about how their campus handles sexual assault and harassment.
- Sexual Assault Overview — Victim Connect: list of resources for people of any age about understanding sexual assault and next steps for seeking help.
Identifying and Reporting Sexual Harassment and Assault
Resources for and About Reporting Sexual Misconduct
- The National Sexual Assault Online Hotline — RAINN: 24/7 online chat tool for users to speak with a trained professional about seeking help or reporting an assault. This chat is anonymous and not recorded.
- Crisis Text Line — 24/7 text line for anyone in the United States, Canada or U.K. to speak with a trained counselor about any mental health concerns.
- Find Help Near You — RAINN: tool for users to find the closest sexual assault help center to their home or current location and access information about what kinds of services are available at local centers.
- Find Help — NSVRC: list of organizations in each state dedicated to supporting rape crisis efforts.
- Your Rights — U.S. Equal Employment Commission: list of federally recognized rights for youth who are employed in any state regarding their right to work free of discrimination or harassment.
- Reporting Sexual Assault to the Police — Break the Cycle: description of what to expect when reporting a sexual crime to law enforcement, including how long it might take, a survivor’s rights during questioning and potential legal barriers.
- How to Avoid Victim Blaming — Harvard Law School Harassment Assault Law Student Team: overview of why victim-blaming is harmful and talking points that adults can use to affirm and comfort a survivor who is choosing to disclose an assault.
- Sexual Harassment at Work: What Could Happen (If You Report)? — Equal Rights Advocates: guide to possible outcomes after reporting sexual assault or harassment that includes a link to a sample internal complaint document re: sexual assault (PDF 186 KB) for survivors of any sexual misconduct in need of guidance on writing an official complaint to an organization. This guide is available in English and Spanish.