Talking is Power
Since the #MeToo movement began, conversations about consent have erupted across the nation.
We now know that talking about consent can be much more than a simple one-time conversation with teens about saying “yes” or “no” to sex. Consent is about setting personal limits and creating boundaries in our relationships. Whether talking to a toddler, teenager, or young adult, teaching youth these fundamental ideas about healthy and unhealthy relationships empowers them with skills and options when they are faced with big decisions.
Parents and families play a major role, not only in reducing teen and unplanned pregnancy but in preparing young people to communicate their limits throughout their lives. It takes a village to empower youth to make healthy, informed decisions about sex and relationships.
But how can we do this? Check out Power to Decide’s recently published article for a few examples.
For a more local perspective, check out Texas Monthly’s recent article featuring Healthy Futures of Texas Founder, Dr. Janet Realini, and her take on teaching young people in Texas!