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Straight Talk for Teens Getting past a false reputation in high school

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Posted: Friday, March 29, 2013 7:21 am

Dear Straight Talk: I’m 16 and my sister (a senior) has the deserved reputation of a “slut.” Our mom is an alcoholic who will sleep with anybody, even with my sister and me right in the next room, so I think my sister learned from her example. I am determined NOT to be like them. However, their reputations have rubbed off on me. I’m known as “the slut’s sister” at school and many kids assume I’m also a slut. Decent guys (and many girls) want nothing to do with me, the guys who are jerks make sexual comments, and my best friend’s mom won’t allow her to sleep over. I’ve done nothing wrong. Please help. — No Slut, Sacramento

Brie, 21, San Francisco: I hated high school. Numerous rumors were circulating about me. I stopped hanging out with the “cool” kids and joined those who accepted me. It made me much happier. All you can do is demonstrate that you’re not your sister. Take heart that high school is a blip in time and afterward, you can create your own reputation. In college, there’s no such nonsense. Your friend is better off not sleeping over, though. Your home environment is toxic.

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