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Information For Parents

Information for Parents

  • Talk to your child about consent. Make sure that they know that if someone is incapacitated (unable to walk, talk, blacked-out, having trouble speaking, vomiting, passed out, etc.), it is impossible for that person to give consent. Any sexual activity without consent is illegal. It is punishable by the state of Ohio and Ohio University. 

  • Educate yourself about sexual violence, relationship violence and stalking on college campuses. Share information with your child about these issues. Recognize that the majority of survivors know their perpetrators. 

  • Be aware of the campus resources for survivors of sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, and stalking. Share these resources with your child. 

  • Actively tell your child that there is never an excuse for hurting or violating another person. Emphasize that rape and abuse is never the survivor’s fault, no matter the circumstances.

Frequent Feelings for Survivors' Loved Ones

  • Frustration 

  • Fear 

  • Lack of power or control  

  • Confusion 

  • Guilt