Please share with us some impactful stories you have experienced as a sex and sexuality educator.
Lots of stories keep popping up in the Untaboo Moms’ WhatsApp support groups. These are age-based WhatsApp groups, which are open to only Mothers. It is a wonderful platform to connect with mothers of same age children and share and seek solutions to problems faced. If your child has asked you something tricky or if you are confused about something regarding your child, then you post a question on the group. Experts at UnTaboo will respond to the question. Not only us, other moms on the group also respond saying, “Hey, my kid asked me this too and this is what I answered or how I tackled the situation.” You have so many views to choose from plus a support community.
The stories of change, which we hear is what keeps us going. A Father shared, how comfortable his daughter is talking to him about Periods and even seeking his help when she gets menstrual cramps. This comfort level came about post the Puberty workshop she and her parents attended at UnTaboo.
A mother broke down, saying she will forever be indebted to us for the change which her son managed to bring to their conservative household. After being part of discussions at our workshop about the myths surrounding Periods, he started these conversations at his home with his grandmother, showing her videos he had seen at the workshop and having a dialogue for almost a month with her. The unexpected happened – the grandmother summoned all the women of the household and told them that they could pray in the family temple during their periods. It was a revolution in their home. Sex education actually has a ripple effect – it impacts more people than the ones directly touched.
Recently a lady called us saying she really wanted her son to attend our workshop but the father was not agreeing. He felt such things are not to be spoken about and her mother-in-law agreed with him. The lady had heard a lot of good reviews and was very keen on sending her son, so despite a lack of funds to register, she borrowed money from a friend and sent him. The son then began discussing what he learnt at home, amazing both his father and grandmother with his maturity and positivity. Apparently, now they want the lady to send her younger child as well. We look forward to such stories, especially on tough days. They get us back on our journey again with renewed energy.