May 2015

May 2015

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Tools for Teens

News Bits

  • Last month the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence, National Council of Women’s Organizations and The National Organization for Women held a congressional briefing on cyberstalking and online threats. These are serious issues in our digital age. One in five internet users experience severe forms of online abuse, and young female internet users (age 18-24) experience the most severe online violence. Cyberstalking and online threats have not been taken seriously in the past, as most law enforcement groups do not have the training or tools to combat these crimes. Now, with more high-profile cases like Zoe Quinn and Anita Sarkeesian, we hope that perceptions are shifting and this type of abuse will be treated as a serious crime.
  • NPR recently did a story about “empowerment based” sex-ed, which includes discussion about relationships, gender and power dynamics. We’re on board with this idea!
  • The domestic violence charges against former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice were recently dismissed by a judge after Rice completed a pretrial intervention program. Read the National Domestic Violence Hotline’s official statement.

Advocate’s Corner

Last month was Sexual Assault Awareness Month, but that doesn’t mean we stop talking about it now that April’s over! We understand that it can be really tough to talk to kids about sexual assault. How do you approach it? What do you say? We know that education goes a long way toward prevention, especially in light of the fact that the majority of sexual assault victims are assaulted by people they know. Nancy C. Lee from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services addresses this topic in a recent Huffington Post article and offers links to useful resources (see below!) that can help you get the conversation started with young people.

Talking with Teens: Conversation Tools

Resources list from Girlshealth.gov

Powerful Resources

Parents, are you looking for more resources to help you start important conversations about health and relationships? Check out Talk with Your Kids, a project of the California Family Health Council!

Don’t forget: if you have questions or need more resources, loveisrespect hosts a TA chat the first Wednesday of every month from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Central. Head to this page, scroll down and click on the TA Chat button in the sidebar when activated to join!

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