-- Truth Be Told Quotes
The majority of sexual offenses in our country are committed
between people who know each other. Awareness is shifting, but
clearly we’re not all on the same page. The solution?
Respect each other.
You are worthy of respect. Know your own boundaries and make them clear. That might make other people unhappy. Too bad for them. You are worth standing up for.
On the other hand, respect the other person. It’s safe to assume that silence, “I’m not sure,” and “no” all mean “No.”
Manipulation and power plays are never cool. The secret tip you won’t find on any magazine cover is to pay attention and to show that you value each other’s worth.
Bring this quote into your classroom with a lesson guide and activities that are ready to use.
With the #MeToo movement, we are seeing just how often lines of respect and caring are being abused. Through this increased awareness, we as a society are sorting out where the lines should be. What’s the difference between flirting and harassment? Between consent and manipulation? How do we all learn to live and work together-- explore, grow, find love-- and keep it healthy?
I have two daughters and two sons- and I tell them all the same thing. It’s about respect. If you are mature enough to engage in anything of a sexual nature, you’d better be mature enough to pay attention and understand the other person’s perspective. First and foremost is to treat each other with respect.
It’s not ok to just invade someone’s personal space. Slow down and ask. Consider the other person’s perspective and feelings. Then respect their answer without emotional manipulation. Sex should never be a bargaining tool. And if the person can’t respond and have that conversation coherently— back off and help them to safety.
If you’re feeling pressed, make your feelings known— loud and clear. If the other person doesn’t like it? Too bad for them. Walk away. You are worth standing up for. You have power to change your physical and emotional situation. Give yourself respect even if the other person doesn’t.
Of course there are a lot of examples of abuse that this quote doesn’t apply to. But there are many situations in which this quote can help young adults remember they are empowered to make choices that protect their emotional and physical well being. They have the capacity to treat others with respect and to set boundaries for positive relationships. And sometimes we all need the reminder that we are worthy of respect.
Questions to prompt discussion, journaling, essays for high school health class and social emotional development lessons:
Activities and worksheets for teen SEL / high school health and wellness lessons:
Download printable coloring pages for a mindfulness activity that features this quote.