It’s impossible to avoid the topic of sexual abuse on the news. The personal stories those brave young women shared about Larry Nassar go just so far beyond words, and I know many of us cannot watch these women speak without tears rolling down our cheeks. It’s incomprehensible. This story in particular has tore the face off of a subject that traditionally gets buried beneath the surface of society. As a mother of 2 small children, I need to know...how do I create the most open and honest dialogue with my little ones? How do I ensure that our relationship is built on trust and honesty, where they know that they can share anything and everything with me? How do I teach them that they must speak up and that their voices need to be heard? How do I even begin to address these topics when they are old enough to understand.
So many questions...so I started researching and have found some articles that might help all of us.
Bottom line: they must learn that it’s always OK to speak up if something doesn't feel right.