Teens and their families talking about the definition of “consent” during weekend workshops

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — It’s a startling statistic that Hoosiers need to talk about. Indiana ranks number two in the country for cases where high school age girls are forced to having sex.

This weekend a free event will focus on what consent really means.

“One thing that I’ve noticed is that children, young people or students don’t quite understand what consent means and what I’ve found is we need to start the conversation early,” said Lindsay Stawick of the Domestic Violence Network Youth Division.

The Domestic Violence Network is teaming up with members of the Crispus Attucks NO MORE Club along with Adult and Child and Families First to teach students what healthy relationships look and feel like and that there are no gray areas when it comes to consent.

“Their body is their body they always have a choice in the matter and just because they are dating somebody or they are friends with somebody does not mean that they have to say yes or no to something,” Stawick said.

The “This is Home: Naptown Wellness Series” will help families tackle tough issues impacting their child’s well being.

“I want to be the friend that will give them enough resources and the right resources and the right information,”said Crispus Attucks Sophomore, Maria Deleon.

Six schools have been apart of planning the vent to help organizers understand what teens face.

“It’s something that isn’t talked about it’s something people kind of hide behind because it’s an uncomfortable topic and that’s not the way it should be people should be able to spread what’s going on in their lives with their parents and with their teachers and everyone they’re comfortable talking to,” said Park Tudor Sophomore, Maya Voelkel.

The event will include educational stations and activities aimed at helping families start those conversations. All ages are welcome Saturday afternoon at Garfield Park in the Corporate Shelter from 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

For more resources on having conversation about consent visit www.loveisrespect.org

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