Start the Conversation about Sexual Assault with Your Kids

By / Editorials / Friday, 02 July 2021 15:57

Plans were to write a real easy editorial gearing up for Independence Day celebrations, firework safety and getting your pets prepared for loud noises but then the Island Gazette received a Press Release from the Carolina Beach Police Department involving the sexual assault on a 14 year old. I will let the report share those details but in finding out about those events I found the prevalence of teen and child sexual assault is difficult to measure because often it goes unreported.

However data shows this; 66% of rape victims under the age of 18 are 12 to 17. Females ages 16-19 are 4 times more likely than the general population to be victims of rape, attempted rape, or sexual assault. 43.6% of girls were victimized by an acquaintance. Teenagers account for 51% of all reported sexual abuse and 23% of all sexual offenders are under the age of 18. In North Carolina alone statewide rape cases were up 33.8% in 2019.

Families; now is the time for the conversation with your children, teen and/ or young adult. There are tons of great resources to help spark the conversation including the Nation Institute of Justice’s Program “Shifting Boundaries,” the book, “Safe Dates,” the CDC has tons of technical packages that can be downloaded for free from their website and has tons of ways to spark the conversation with both kids and young adult.

As a mom of five I know the conversation is difficult and uncomfortable to have have but a necessity for young men and women. Please talk about the dangers of putting yourself in bad situations and the ramifications crimes like rape and assault have for the rest of your life. 

Statistics have been compiled from RAINN, the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network, is the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization. The National Sexual Assault Hotline is available over the phone and via online chat. Call 800.656.HOPE to reach a local sexual assault service provider near you. Visit to chat with a trained RAINN support specialist. For help in Spanish, visit









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