Teaching children about consent is one of the trickiest things for parents to tackle, as such a large portion of our daily lives is bombarded with images of rape culture. And one mom knew that she had to make a difference.
When Rachel asked her daughter if she had said “no,” or told the teacher what had transpired, Lola’s response was short and heartbreaking. Rachel told Today that Lola’s answer was simply:
Lola suggested that her classmate needed to read the book version of”Consent: It’s As Simple As Tea” — originally started as an educational video by Brian and Emmeline May, going on to by viewed 75 million times and translated into 25 languages. The popular video has become a teaching tool for schools, universities, and official departments such as the police to educate about the importance of consent.
The two minute video, called “Consent For Kids,” is narrated by Lola. It doesn’t focus on sexuality, but on personal boundaries and control over who touches them — teaching kids, for example, how to tell their aunt they don’t want a hug.
Research indicates that one in four girls are being sexually abused before they turn 18 — and it’s clear that our issues with rape culture go far beyond college campuses. If we make it easier to start the conversation about consent, it can help to eradicate sexual violence against women and girls.
There are friendlier alternatives that can help begin the conversation earlier and make a real impact against the sexism and violence in our culture.