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.
- 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.
- 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?
- 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.
- 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.
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.
|#||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]|