Talking to Your Students About #MeToo
How do you talk to your children or teens about the sexual assault allegation against Judge Brett Kavanaugh? Even if they’re only 12, they’re likely to learn about #MeToo at school, so let’s talk about how to talk about it. It’s one of the most controversial and talked-about topics in our nation’s history, so we wanted to make sure you knew how to discuss it if you were talking to your students today.
1. What is #MeToo?
In short, #MeToo is a campaign to raise awareness about sexual violence. Whether you teach about #MeToo as part of your civics class, or you specifically talk about it to your students, it’s worth asking what prompted people to launch the movement in the first place. Is it one specific event that brought about this moment, or is it a group of people working to combat sexual violence?
2. What is an assault?
Or is it just bad sex? As parents, we don’t want to minimize your kids’ experiences, but we also want to make sure they understand that’s not what defines #MeToo. To really get them involved, we want to make sure they understand that the movement means not just sexual assault, but also when someone’s been allowed to rape, or harassed, or otherwise take advantage of someone without their consent.