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Posts tagged Misogyny and Sexual Harassment
In the News: Sex ed in Alberta is not just an LGBTQ issue

In this piece in The Conversation, Jordan Long cites Making Caring Common’s research on when (and if) parents talk to their kids about sex and relationships: “Although parents can play a powerful role in a child’s sexual socialization, a Harvard Graduate School of Education report found that roughly 50 per cent of parents express uneasiness when attempting to discuss sex with their children. More than 40 per cent of parents don’t discuss sex with their children until after they are sexually active.”

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In the News: 5 ways parents can help kids understand consent and prevent sexual assault

As parents and caregivers, we must do better to prevent children and youth from harming or being harmed, and to help them become caring, humane people. We have tremendous power to shape their understanding of assault and consent, and to be part of the solution to this destructive epidemic. In this article in The Washington Post, MCC leaders Rick Weissbourd and Alison Cashin offer five guideposts to help parents begin these essential conversations.

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Special Update: October 2018

We need to talk to young people about misogyny, sexual harassment, and assault.

Amid the bitterly polarizing events of the past week, there seemed to be one point of agreement on both sides of the aisle: Sexual assault is an epidemic in this country, with devastating and long-term repercussions for survivors. We also saw that many survivors—for a number of complex reasons—are unwilling to come forward to report their experiences or even discuss them with trusted friends and family.Parents, caregivers, and educators are our first line of defense in preventing misogyny and sexual harassment, and in raising our children—our boys in particular—to clearly understand and take seriously sexual assault and consent. But as we discussed in our report, The Talk, although rates of sexual harassment and sexual assault are alarmingly high in this country, most parents and educators are not having these critical conversations with the young people in their lives.

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In the News: ‘Think of your sons’: What parents can do about sexual assault in the #MeToo era

In this Washington Post article, Making Caring Common’s research is cited: most parents don’t talk to their boys or girls about making sure that their partner wants to have sex, not pressuring someone into sex, not having sex with someone who is incapacitated and other key aspects of consent. Parents may have “the talk” with their kids, but it’s often much more focused on preventing pregnancy and STDs than on preventing assault.

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In the News: Let's Take a Stand Against Sexual Harassment in Schools

In this post in the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, the deep infection of sexual harassment and misogyny in workplaces and communities across this country has erupted into a national conversation—one appallingly overdue. But we can't stop sexual harassment and misogyny in adulthood without addressing its deep roots in gender roles and expectations in childhood.

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In the News: These High School Football Players Are Getting a Crash Course in Sexual Consent

Making Caring Common’s research was featured in this article by Rewire.News, which included our finding that a majority of 18-to-25-year-olds had never discussed with parents how to make sure their partner wants to have sex, how to determine their own comfort levels, the importance of not pressuring or persisting when someone says no, how to know how drunk is “too drunk,” or how to be a caring and respectful sexual partner. Now some coaches are bringing the conversation straight to the locker room.

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