Dr. Jennifer W. Shewmaker

Parent, Teacher, Author

What is consent?

I’ve written several posts about consent, no means no and yes means yes, and how to talk with kids and young adults about these concepts. Below I’m sharing a great … Continue reading

June 10, 2016 · 1 Comment

What we can learn from the Stanford sexual assault case

In January, a man was found sexually assaulting an unconscious woman behind a dumpster near a frat house. Stopped and detained by two Swedish international graduate students until the police … Continue reading

June 6, 2016 · Leave a comment

Why “Yes Means Yes?”

Teaching our children and adolescents to be thoughtful about consent and mutuality in all of their physical relationships can only provide them with effective skills for sexual behaviors later in life. We want kids to know how to ask for consent and how to give or withhold consent in a clear way.

October 6, 2014 · 4 Comments

Teaching Kids About Consent: Yes means yes

Last week I taught a series of classes on Helping Children Thrive at ACU’s Summit. As we talked about thriving, we moved into a conversation about sexual self-efficacy. When someone … Continue reading

September 29, 2014 · 3 Comments

Maryville, Steubenville, Anywhereville: Talking with Kids about Consent and Sexuality

We must begin talking about the concept of consent. We need to be sure that adolescents understand what consent means, in which situations one can never assume consent, and how to seek help when they or someone else is having their right to consent violated. It’s up to adults to be sure that every child is taught that there are no “blurred lines.” No means no, and when someone is incapacitated for any reason, they cannot give consent. That’s all there is to it.

October 21, 2013 · 5 Comments
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