Sexual Assault Awareness

The National Network to End Domestic Violence has declared April as Sexual Assault Awareness month. What is sexual assault? That’s a question with many answers. Sexual violence includes rape, intimate partner violence, incest, child sexual abuse, any unwanted sexual contact, human trafficking, sexual exposure, and even voyeurism. Sexual violence is not limited to any age group and can be experienced by children, teens, adults, and … Continue reading Sexual Assault Awareness

Digital Abuse

                The age of technology has provided an alternate way for abusers to stalk, bully, or intimidate intimate partners even after relationships have ended.  While this occurs most often in teen relationships it can happen to anyone; young or old, female or male, gay or straight.                 While in a relationship an abusive partner may tell you who you can and cannot be “friends” with … Continue reading Digital Abuse

Teen Dating Violence-Is Your Child a Victim?

  First let’s get something straight. Both guys and girls can be abused by a dating partner. This is sometimes hard for a parent to believe but it does happen. Do you suspect your child is being intimidated, coerced, or abused by a dating partner? If you know your child pretty well chances are something is going on. Some of the warning signs that your … Continue reading Teen Dating Violence-Is Your Child a Victim?

Teen Dating Violence 2

The statistics on teen dating violence are frightening. One in ten high school students has experienced physical violence from a dating partner. To put that in perspective imagine a class of thirty high school students aged 13 to 17. Three of those students have been shoved, slapped, punched, choked, or physically hurt by a boyfriend/girlfriend. Would you know if your child was being abused by … Continue reading Teen Dating Violence 2

Violence Is Not Love

February Is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month Approximately one in every five female high school students (aged 13 to 19) reports having been physically and/or sexually abused by a dating partner, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association. To put this in perspective, imagine a high school class with 20 female students: four of those students have probably been abused in a relationship. … Continue reading Violence Is Not Love