Talking With Your College Bound Child

It can be difficult to think and talk about sexual assault when your son or daughter is going off to college, but it’s important that you are both aware of the prevalent and frequent nature of sexual assault on campus. Below are some tips directly from the NSCRC Resource Guide that we think are incredibly helpful. 

Did you know?
• One in five women and one in 16 men are sexually assaulted while in college.
• More than 90 percent of sexual assaults go unreported.
• Nearly two-thirds of college students experience sexual harassment.
• Among college women, nine out of 10 victims of rape and sexual assault know their offender.


It can be encouraging for parents to know that developing and supporting healthy relationships is critical to preventing sexual assault. Talk to your son or daughter about the five keys to healthy relationships — Respect, Learn, Empower, Consent, and Communicate — so they can contribute to a positive campus culture for themselves and their peers.

• Respect: promote and model healthy attitudes and relationships

• Learn: access credible information and resources to promote your overall health

• Empower: everyone has the right to set limits, feel safe, and get support

• Consent: seek mutual agreement without fear or pressure

• Communicate: express yourself to partners, peers, and family

Not sure how to talk to your college kids about consent? Read the rest of the guide and know the facts with your college bound student here