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How to Talk to Your Children About Consent and Sexual Assault

How to Talk to Your Children About Consent and Sexual Assault

It's a delicate but crucial job for parents: teaching kids about healthy sexuality and boundaries, making them aware of the potential for sexual abuse, navigating issues of consent and helping them plan what to do if they witness something wrong. Tweens and teens may roll their eyes and say they're bored, but a parent's voice still resonates. However, parents may find themselves freezing as kids reach their middle-school years, says Dr. Cora Breuner, a clinician and professor of pediatrics and adolescent medicine at Seattle Children's Hospital and head of the American Academy of Pediatrics' Committee on Adolescence.

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