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Episode 4: Consent

Featuring Tamar

Tamar and Kat dig into consent as an important component of any healthy relationship – not just the sexual ones. Join them to explore crucial questions like: What does a healthy relationship look like with a partner? How do you spot unhealthy relationships with peers or adults when you’re a youth in foster care? How can you be your own best advocate? No tiptoeing around it, Tamar and Kat share their experiences navigating these questions and more.

Content warning: This episode touches on topics that may be upsetting or triggering for some listeners, including sexual assault, physical and emotional abuse, and past trauma. This warning is to empower listeners with the knowledge you need to make healthy decisions about how and if you should consume this podcast content. Don’t hesitate to use the resources listed in the show notes if you need support.


Kat (she/her) is a former foster youth and RHEP Youth Advisory Board member.

Tamar (she/her) is a former foster youth and RHEP Youth Advisory Board member

Self-Taught is produced in California. If laws, policies and programs are discussed in an episode, these may be specific to California. Listeners from other locations should check out their own state’s or country’s laws and programs – and if you need help finding your state’s laws, reach out to us at

Episode Resources

Teen Talk has videos, games, and more to learn about and practice consent.

RAINN has free confidential 24/7 sexual assault and abuse hotline

988 Lifeline has support for mental health support, call or text 988 or chat

NNEDV (National Network to End Domestic Violence) – information about financial and other forms of abuse.

Futures without ViolenceStart Strong Campaign, including information about building healthy relationships

CoolNotCool Healthy Relationships Quiz: What’s acceptable, what’s not? Is another person respecting your boundaries? This quiz will help you evaluate your relationships to see if they’re working for you.

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Self-Taught is supported through a grant to the National Center for Youth Law from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. We are very grateful for their support. Contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the Hilton Foundation.

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