A good place to start is with Michael J. Domitrz’s May I Kiss You: A Candid Look at Dating, Communication, Respect, & Sexual Assault Awareness. Such reading should be all but mandatory in these sexually supercharged days. It offers sensible advice and strategies, while, at the same time, reminding readers about the potential for sexual assault—something that is becoming painfully all-too-common.
Keep in mind that such violence includes but is not limited to such behaviors as hitting, grabbing, pinching, and striking. Oh, no; it’s much more than that and includes:
Unwanted touching, fondling, or groping
Forced sexual activities
Pressure to have sex
Verbal or sexual harassment
Insults or rumor spreading
Jealousy or possessiveness
In fact, according to the government, “Every year, about 1 in 10 American teenagers experiences physical violence at the hands of a boyfriend or girlfriend, and many others are sexually and emotionally abused. Dating violence can inflict long‑lasting pain, putting survivors at increased risk of substance abuse, depression, poor academic performance, suicidal ideation, and future violence.
Meanwhile, along with writing May I Kiss You?, he’s started the Date Safe Project organization, thus opening the door for parents and kids to come together and talk about what for many are disquieting topics. Then he goes one step further by suggesting starting a Date Safe Club with the motto, “Request consent. Demand respect.” To learn more, just clickhere.
Finally, Domitrz encourages his readers to circulate a Pledge for Action in order “to change lives and encourage people to make a caring commitment to friends, family, and peers.”
It doesn’t get any better than that, so my advice? Follow his lead, knowing that you and your child are in very good hands.
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