Sex (Ed) is

If you are a young person, parent, guardian or youth/child advocate and or (sex) educator, please consider participating.

“Sex (Ed) Is” is a social media campaign geared towards young adults/youth, parents, guardians, caretaker, educators, sex educators, child advocates and adults who mentor children to discuss their experience, impact and thoughts on sex ed as a tool to combat child sexual abuse/sexual trauma.

If you are a parent/guardian you will answer 4 questions and if you are not, you will answer the first 3 questions.

STEP 1: Please first read PREPARING TO COME OUT AS A CSA SURVIVOR document. You are not required to be a survivor to participate in this campaign, but if you are, we want to support you as you support the movement to end Child Sexual Abuse (CSA). Before deciding to come out publicly as a Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) survivor, consider that you are not obligated to share your story. However, you may decide to do so, perhaps, because:
  • You can no longer be silent.
  • Sharing your story may advance something for you or something you care about.
  • You feel that your lived experience is important for the field or the movement.
  Potential Risks
  • Think about personal and professional consequences of publicly coming out as a survivor.
    • How would family members, friends, colleagues, etc. react?    
  • Publicly identifying yourself as a survivor may invite a lot of unwanted attention.
    • How do you think you will emotionally respond to being center of attention as a CSA survivor?
  • People may say things or ask questions that are hurtful, inappropriate, or triggering.
    • What are the worst things you could hear or be asked? Is there something you can do now to prepare yourself for these responses?
  Preparation and Self-Care
  • Who is a trusted friend with your best interests in mind with whom you could discuss the consequences of coming out? This is, ideally, someone who already knows you are a CSA survivor.
  • What do you need to take care of yourself on the day you make the video? How about when video is published?
    • For example, a celebration, a gathering of supportive friends, calling a trusted friend.
    • How can you be extra kind to yourself during these times?
    • Consider at least three self-care acts to practice as needed.
  • Who are the people who you don’t want to hear your story?
    • Take steps to prevent them from hearing your story. For example, adjust your social media settings, change privacy settings on FB, etc.
  • Who are the people who you want them to hear your story from you?
    • You may want to share your story with them before they hear it from another source second-hand.
  • What are the three worst things people may say or ask you?  
    • Practice your responses with a trusted friend. Silence is a good option.
    • If you don’t want to answer a question, say that you do not share those details.
STEP 2: SET-UP
  • Select a quiet location with minimal street noise or wind. Check your audio levels.
  • Face a source of light (e.g. window, lamp) and avoid light sources in the background.
  • Attach your phone or camera to a tripod or secure it on a stable stand.
  • Use a white backdrop. Plain white walls or a clean white sheet is recommended.
  • Wear a t-shirt or button-down shirt with no logos or patterns.
  • Sit on an a chair in the center of the shot.
STEP 3: PREP & FILMING

Use the form below as a guide. Please make sure you write down all that you say so that we can use it as a transcript for accessibility needs. Later, you will be asked to either type the script or send an image to us to be used as a transcript.  
**Responses should be no longer than 1-2 minutes. Each question is a video, so please stop and play after each response.
Please fill out this form and read through your responses for the video.
# Question START Your Response STOP SAVE AS
1 Can you pinpoint when you learned about sex? START VIDEO START BY SAYING:When I learned about sex… STOP VIDEO WILAS-[your name]
2 How did learning or not learning about sex impact you? START VIDEO The impact of sex education… STOP VIDEO The Impact of Sex Ed-[your name]
3 What is comprehensive sex education? START VIDEO Comprehensive sex ed is…. (this can be a sentence, a few words or a list) STOP VIDEO Comp sex ed - [your name]
4 Prompt for parents and guardians in regards to teaching sex ed to your children... START VIDEO As a parent, I will, I have and or I fear… STOP VIDEO As a parent -[yourname]
STEP 4: SUBMISSION
E-mail:*
Please upload your first video to your Dropbox account (make sure your video is private) and share the link here. Please email the transcript with your name to heal2end@gmail.com. *
Please upload your second video to your Dropbox account (make sure your video is private) and share the link here. Please email the transcript with your name to heal2end@gmail.com.
Please upload your third video to your Dropbox account (make sure your video is private) and share the link here. Please email the transcript with your name to heal2end@gmail.com.
Please upload your fourth video to your Dropbox account (make sure your video is private) and share the link here. Please email the transcript with your name to heal2end@gmail.com.

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