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Tools for Teens
- Having the Talk About Pornography: It’s an uncomfortable topic for many, but as with any subject, in a healthy relationship open and honest communication is key.
- The Myth of the Friend Zone: Why the “friend zone” doesn’t exist (seriously).
- September is National Campus Safety Awareness Month, and this year our theme is “Bystander Awareness.” We’ll be discussing how to be an active bystander when it comes to dating abuse and sexual assault, so be sure to visit our blog and follow us on Twitter and Facebook! Additionally, check out the Clery Center’s campaign for NCSAM, Know More, Do More: 30 Days of Professional Development, for a month-long focus on professional development around issues that affect campus safety at colleges and universities nationwide.
- We’ve been talking a lot about Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, but this month we want to draw attention to another NFL player: Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback William Gay. Gay lost his mother in a murder-suicide when he was a young boy, and now he is an advocate against domestic violence. As he says, “Education is key to this and letting everybody know it’s real.” Highlighting positive role models like Gay and other professionals and celebrities who are part of the solution can show teens that taking a stand against abuse is something anyone can do.
It’s back to school time! Time for backpacks, books, bus rides – and talking about healthy relationships. A new school year often brings new relationships among teens, which can be both exciting and overwhelming. It’s never too early to talk about the basics of healthy relationships, and communication and boundaries are at the top of the list.
Do you have questions about talking to teens as they head into a new school year? Join our next TA chat! We’re available on the first Wednesday of every month to chat online about the topics that are important to you. Find us here on Wednesday, September 3rd, from 1pm-3pm Central – just click the “Chat” box when it’s activated.
- The Asian and Pacific Islander Institute on Domestic Violence discusses strategies for engaging men and boys in the fight against gender violence. To create their fascinating report, Engaging Asian Men: Divesting from Gender Violence, Investing in Gender Equality, API Institute gathered advocates, activists and researchers addressing domestic and sexual violence, civil rights, LGBTQ rights, and gender equality to examine the complexities of analysis, strategy and community.
- Looking for book recommendations on abuse, domestic violence, and relationships? Check out the National Domestic Violence Hotline’s Pinterest board!
Don’t forget, our advocates are available 24/7 via phone, chat, and text for anyone who has questions about healthy or unhealthy relationships among teens and young adults. Get in touch with us!