Do I need to tell my 11 year old son what the word rape means?
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|Sun, 10-14-2012 - 10:28am|
My son had a friend sleep over last night and as they were playing each other on their DS's, the other little boy said, "See, I so raped you on that one. Oh, look, I raped you again, dude!" I was standing right there. The other little boy clearly does not know what the word rape means but they are using it nonetheless. I immediately told the boy to stop and from the sound of my voice I think he was shocked I got so serious. My son knows we're going to have a talk about something today but I'm not exactly sure how graphic I need to get about what rape means. I don't want to say simply, "Don't use that word." I want to let him know what a vile, destructive term it is. But I don't think he even knows what intercourse is. I feel like I'd be jumping too far ahead to tell him the exact meaning of rape. What should I do? And my husband doesn't think we should make a "federal case" out of with the other parent but I'm terrified they'll use the word outside our house. What should I do?