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Check out this growing collection of useful articles from the hub for middle and high school students and parents who are looking for information, support, and avenues of action against sexual assault in schools.

A Glimpse into the Law with Christina Graziano

January 24, 2023

I Have The Right To interviewed Christina Graziano who is Partner at Ketterer Browne & Associates (KBA).  Christina’s practice focuses on complex civil litigation in state and federal courts, including cases of sexual assault.

Leading Change With Inanna Balkin

January 10, 2023

I Have The Right recently spoke with Inanna Balkin, a student in 8th grade at Amherst Middle School in Amherst, Massachusetts. Inanna led a campaign to get her peers, teachers, and school leaders to sign the I Have The Right To Pledge. She is a model for students across the country who are standing up and speaking out to advocate for an education free from sexual assault. Hear in her own words why Inanna chose to be an advocate and what she hopes for in the future.

Five Tips for Practicing Consent Over The Holidays

December 25, 2022

By: Elizabeth Zeigler, Executive Director, I Have The Right To
3 minute read

When you remove the to-do lists, the last-minute gifting, and the hustle and bustle of the season, the holidays are about being together. 

Yet “being” together can sometimes be fraught: there is the unwanted kiss from Uncle George, the grandparent who overshares their grandchild’s news and photos, or the newcomer to the annual holiday dinner.

Ho Ho No – One Story of Consent During The Holidays

December 13, 2022

By: Elizabeth Zeigler, Executive Director, I Have The Right To

4 minute read

Consent is a word that is most often associated with romantic relationships and yet the concept is vastly broad and purely fundamental: the right that every human is entitled to exercise when deciding what happens to their body.  Including – and perhaps especially – young humans. Consider this story about my young daughter, Christmas, and consent.

On the Move with Joyce Short

November 15, 2022

I Have The Right To interviewed Joyce Short, Chief Executive Officer at Consent Awareness Network (CAN), author of Your Consent – The Key to Conquering Sexual Assault, TEDx Talk Presenter, sexual assault survivor, and sexual assault survivors’ advocate. Joyce leads CAN in the crusade to define the “who, what, where, and why” of consent.  She actively works with survivors, legislators, educators, religious institutions, and the public to enact legislation to properly define consent in our laws.  

McQuaid Jesuit, An All-Boys’ School, Welcomes I Have The Right To; Steve Peacock, Class of 1988, Shares His Survivor Story

October 29, 2022

McQuaid Jesuit, a Catholic, Jesuit school for boys in Rochester, NY engaged I Have The Right To to interact with students, parents, and educators.  Our team spent three days on campus working with school leadership, making a presentation to more than 500 high school students, facilitating a separate talk with parents, and visiting with senior boys in their classrooms. 

On the Ground with Harrison James

October 11, 2022

I Have The Right To interviewed Harrison James who is the co-founder of the Independent School End Sexual Violence Coalition (ISESVC). Harrison is a current junior at a boarding school in New England. For his contributions to the end sexual violence movement, Harrison has been honored as a Gold Medalist by the New Jersey State Governor’s Jefferson Awards and a Daily Point of Light Award by Points of Light. ISESVC is a youth-led coalition of students dedicated to anti-sexual violence mobilization across independent school campuses. Their mission is to operate a network advancing social practices and structural change in an effort to prevent sexual violence and mitigate its effects. 

The Building Blocks to Preventing Sexual Assault

August 16, 2022

One of the questions we are asked most often by parents is how to prevent sexual assault from happening to their child. Unfortunately, the only person who can prevent sexual assault is a perpetrator, but there are steps every parent can take now to open channels of communication with their child (no matter the age) about healthy relationships, sex, and consent. 

How to Talk to Your Child about the Risk of Sexual Assualt

July 21, 2022

Talking about the risk of sexual assault with your child often means first talking about the opposite: healthy relationships. No matter the age of your child, be sure to regularly express to them that you want them to have healthy, safe relationships. This post talks more about how to do this.

Unfortunately, conversations with your children cannot end at healthy, safe relationships. Parents need to teach children how to identify when someone in their community is not acting appropriately and what they can do about it. Read on for how.

A Father’s Day Pledge To Our Children

June 19, 2022

By Michael Hill and Alex Prout

To my children, you have seen all too well that the institutions that are meant to protect you often fail and that justice is often unfairly on the side of whoever has the most to lose. I vow to do my part to change this. Here is my Father’s Day promise to you. 

Alex Prout Addresses Victoria’s Secret

May 25, 2022

Vice Chair and Co-Founder of I Have The Right To Alex Prout engaged CEO Martin Waters of Victoria’s Secret and hundreds of employees in a conversation about gender equity and allyship from men and boys during a company Town Hall.  This address is part of the $90 million spend on strengthening the process to report and investigate sexual harassment cases and improve diversity and inclusion governance.

Parents: How to Receive and Respond to a Disclosure of Sexual Assault

April 19, 2022

Receiving your child’s disclosure of sexual assault is likely one of the most tragic and gut-wrenching moments of your life. It is the conversation that no parent wants, and yet one that every parent must be prepared for. Below, we lay out what to keep in mind when having this conversation and what to say each step of the way. We will refer to these moving forward as the A.B.L.L.E.TM phrases.

🙌 We support the students in Grand Junction, Colorado, who are using their voices to call on ....
🙌 We support the students in Grand Junction, Colorado, who are using their voices to call on their schools to ensure that all students can receive an education free from sexual assault and harassment. ...
💥 We can't bust this myth enough! It's deeply concerning that some students we talk to are mo....
💥 We can't bust this myth enough! It's deeply concerning that some students we talk to are more worried about being falsely accused than about the prevalence of sexual violence.
💥 Research finds tha ...
🔥 To all of you survivors out there, we believe you, we support you, and we cherish and celeb....
🔥 To all of you survivors out there, we believe you, we support you, and we cherish and celebrate you.
🧡 You may never know how your light and courage inspire the world, but your life makes all the ...
✍️ The I Have The Right To Pledge reminds us of the importance of committing to learning abo....
✍️ The I Have The Right To Pledge reminds us of the importance of committing to learning about healthy relationships and consent.
🙌 Building healthy relationships and understanding the definition of ...
⭐️ We are always on the lookout for courageous activism by students and parents and were enc....
⭐️ We are always on the lookout for courageous activism by students and parents and were encouraged by these parents in Ripley, WV, who called on their local school board to be more transparent about ...

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