Hosted by: David Prescott
Guest Speaker: Jenny Coleman, LMHC
Recorded On: July 12, 2022
Last year, Stop It Now! created a new resource for young people, primarily to deter teens and young adults from perpetrating sexual harm. The WhatsOK? Project was piloted as a website (whatsok.org) and a helpline (whatsok.org/ask) offering free, confidential support and resources to teens and young adults (ages 14-21) with concerns about their own or a friend’s sexual thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.
With a second year of funding, this project is demonstrating that young people are talking about their concerns with insight, desire to lead healthy lives, and will reach out for support and information when they are questioning boundaries, behaviors, and feelings. Jenny Coleman, Stop It Now!’s director shares how the WhatsOK? Project was developed, as well as the insights and findings gained from the pilot and the continuing engagement with this unique new resource.
Jenny Coleman, LMHC
Director, Stop It Now!
Jenny Coleman, LMHC has been working in child welfare for 30 years; as a clinician, educator and advocate. Her background has been steeped in community and relationship based approaches, grounded on non-violence and trauma-informed models. In 2011, she joined Stop It Now! as their Helpline Director, and now serves as their Director, overseeing a national child sexual abuse prevention program. She presents globally; training individuals and youth serving organizations in primary prevention. She serves on the prevention committee for the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA), and is a member of the National Coalition to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse.