Start Conversations (teens)
|What if someone you know has experienced things like?:|
|• Unwanted touch|
|• Revenge porn|
|• Sexual abuse|
|• Sexual harassment|
|• Violent treatment by their partner (this can be physical and/or emotional)|
|• Being forced or pushed to do things they don’t want to|
|• Being blamed for being a victim (victim blaming)|
|• Being isolated or controlled by their partner|
|• Other types of sexual violence|
Note: These are all forms of sexual violence.
|How can you get a conversation going in order to offer help?|
|✓ If possible, try to meet in person instead of communicating over text, thru social media, or on the phone.|
|✓ Be a good listener. Face them. Don’t answers calls and texts, if possible.|
|✓ Keep it low key. Don’t push if they aren’t ready to talk.|
|✓ Be supportive. Acknowledge their feelings and respect their decisions.|
|✓ Ask them how they’d like you to help. For example, ask if they’d like you to find resources to help them.|
|✓ Tell them you’re concerned for their safety and want to help.|
After the conversation has started, here’s some ideas on what to say.
Some content adapted from Love is Respect, Break the Cycle, A Call to Men, Healthy Teen Network, National Sexual Violence Resource Center, Not On My Watch, Planned Parenthood, Scarleteen, A Thin Line.