Mike Domitrz received a life-changing phone call at age 19. His mom rang him at college to tell him that his sister had been raped.
That inspired Domitrz to start the Date Safe Project in 2003. Through interactive presentations, creative educational resources, and unique national initiatives, the Date Safe Project is committed to being the nation’s leading organization for creating healthier dating environments, a clearer understanding of “consent” and for raising awareness on the many issues surrounding sexual assault.
Domitrz joins the Modern Dads Podcast this week to talk about building a culture of sexual consent and how to have age-appropriate conversations with our children about relationships, intimacy, and respect. His book on the subject, Can I Kiss You?, takes an in-depth look at the positive realities of intimacy and the dangers that exist in the current dating culture for teenagers and adults. The book — loaded with candid advice, real-life scenarios, and interactive exercises — has received near-perfect reviews on Amazon and Good Reads.
The Date Safe Project morphed into The Center for Respect. The Center for Respect provides an interactive, high energy live virtual and live onsite keynotes, trainings and workshops for creating a culture of respect for all. Topics include overcoming negative societal influences and assumptions, consent, respect, relationships, bystander intervention, supporting survivors, and building healthy relationships. Their services are available to schools — from middle to university levels, corporations and even the military.
City Dads Group columnist and L.A. chapter member Whit Honea joins us at the end of this Modern Dads Podcast. He comes on to discuss why he lets his two kids see both his strengths and his flaws.