It’s hard to believe it’s almost back-to-school season! Now is a good time to relax and rejuvenate before the start of a new school year, and think of ways to start the conversation about healthy relationships with the teens in your life. Need some help? Loveisrespect is here for you 24/7!
Tools for Teens
- Is your partner making threats to get you to do what they want? Learn more about dealing with blackmail.
- When a current partner is still friends with their ex, it can be really tough to deal with feelings of jealousy and insecurity.
- Our National Youth Advisory Board recently launched the SPF15 (Safe Partners & Friends 2015) campaign! Each week for the rest of the summer, loveisrespect and NYAB board members will be sharing tips and information related to healthy relationships, dating and self-esteem across social media. Follow the hashtag #NYABSPF15 to join in, and be sure to follow loveisrespect on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram!
- The National Domestic Violence Hotline recently celebrated the grand opening of a new digital services office in Washington, DC! Read more about it on The Hotline’s blog.
This month Katie Ray-Jones, CEO of the National Domestic Violence Hotline and loveisrespect, met with students and administrators in the DC area to discuss campus dating violence and sexual assault. The roundtable discussion drew students from multiple universities, including Georgetown University, George Washington University, American University, Catholic University of America, Howard University, University of District Columbia, and University of Maryland – College Park. Lynn Rosenthal, former White House advisor on violence against women and current vice president of strategic partnerships at The Hotline, opened the event with a call to action to the students in the room to engage more deeply with the issues of dating violence and sexual assault. During the discussion, students raised a variety of concerns, such as changing campus cultures and providing access to adequate resources for victims. Read a full recap and see pictures from the event on our blog!
Scarleteen has been providing positive, inclusive and honest sex-ed for teens and young adults since 1998. The organization recently launched Scarleteen Confidential to provide information and insight to parents and guardians, based on years of working directly with young people. Their goal is to “support parents and their children in creating and sustaining healthy, kind, mutually respectful and thoughtful relationships with each other, including when it comes to sex and sexuality, an area where even parents who are otherwise amazing and comfortable can feel twitchy, insecure and lost.”
Loveisrespect advocates are available 24/7 by phone at 1-866-331-9474, chat at www.loveisrespect.org or by texting loveis to 22522. We also host a TA chat for parents and educators on the first Wednesday of every month from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Central. Just head to this page and click on the TA Chat button in the sidebar when active!