Teaching youth that silence does not mean consent

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo.– A new study reveals 1 in 16 women said their first sexual experience was unwanted.

Local organizations are working to educate youth on the differences between appropriate and inappropriate interactions with others.

The victim center holds presentations for students within the Springfield public school system. These presentations are age-appropriate and geared toward the ultimate goal of keeping children safe.

Experts also encourage parents to begin teaching their children the importance of boundaries and consent at an early age.

Alisa Garbisch, Education Director at The Victim Center said Teaching children these skills at a young age makes it easier for them to recognize inappropriate interactions as they grow into adults and speak up should something happen.

“This can even start at home and it can start with children even as young as two and three years old,” Garbisch said. “Making sure that we give them choices about hugs or kisses with family members giving them choices with interaction even with adults, with grown-ups with parents even.”

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