July 2014

July 2014

Welcome to the July edition of RespecText!

Tools for Teens

News Bits

  • The National Youth Advisory Board held its annual retreat in North Carolina this month! Check out some highlights and the winning PSA from the trip on the loveisrespect blog.
  • Our partner Break the Cycle has teamed up with HopeLine from Verizon to promote the #VoicesHavePower Campaign, which was created to inspire greater awareness and participation in a nationwide effort to end dating and domestic violence. For every message of hope, Verizon is donating $3 to support its partner programs. Learn how to get involved here.

Advocate’s Corner

News and pop culture always give us plenty to talk about with teens!

You may have heard about Robin Thicke’s latest release, “Get Her Back,” and the controversial music video accompanying it (we commented on the song and video for MTV’s Act). Thicke’s latest album, Paula, is a tribute to his estranged wife Paula Patton and attempts to reconcile with her through song lyrics, most of which appear to be fairly unhealthy to borderline abusive. Moments like this present a good opportunity to talk to teens about boundaries and respect, and discuss questions like, “Is this a healthy response to the situation? Where is the line between trying to repair a relationship and unhealthy behavior? If someone was doing this to you, how would you feel or respond?”

Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was in the news again recently when we learned that he received a two game suspension from the NFL for domestic violence charges against his then-fiancee, Janay Palmer. Many people and organizations have expressed outrage at the NFL’s rather weak response, particularly considering that other players have received harsher punishments for using marijuana. This is part of a larger conversation about how much of our society doesn’t always take domestic violence seriously and/or grossly misunderstands the dynamics of abuse. As this case goes on, and as other cases like it continue to occur, it’s a good idea to be talking to teens about the importance of respect, accountability, and being critical of what they see in the media.

Powerful Resources

Plus, don’t forget to check out the loveisrespect Tumblr and our new Pinterest board for more links, ideas, and information!


If you or a teen you know has questions about healthy vs. unhealthy dating relationships, get in touch with one of our advocates by calling 1-866-331-9474, chatting online at www.loveisrespect.org, or texting “loveis” to 22522.

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