Parent’s Point of View: The Reduction of Rape Culture

President Trump recently announced that April will now be named national Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), which will spark much-needed conversations and education on sexual assault and what we as a society can do to prevent it. Honestly, it’s about time.

News headlines over the past few years have been filled with accusations of sexual misconduct allegations being made against big named celebrities and the CEO’s of million dollar companies. Public reactions generally go from shock to disgust or denial before it’s all forgotten when the next news story hits. Americans find it so hard to believe that their fave (insert occupation) could ever be anything but wholesome.

Don’t get me wrong, some of the allegations have shocked me too but it’s not really all that surprising when you look at the facts. According to the Rape, Abuse, & incest national network (RAINN), every 98 seconds an American is sexually assaulted.

I hear these stories as a woman who was a victim of attempted sexual assault, but also as a mother, to a young girl. One of the positive results that can come from SAAM is changing the way we parent and teach our children so that they will make better decisions in the future.

Protecting our children
It goes without saying that as parents our main job is to protect our children from anything and anyone that may hurt them. Though we may try it is impossible for us to be with them every single second of their lives. In our modern society, most of the time both parents work outside of the home which means we have to