September 2014

Welcome to September’s RespecText!

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Tools for Teens

News Bits

  • The conversation around domestic violence and abuse has exploded over the past few weeks after the elevator footage of Ray Rice and his then-fiancee, Janay Palmer, was released on September 8th. It’s sparking some very difficult – but necessary – conversations with kids and teens about abuse and relationships. But what should you say to your child or student? CNN discusses ways to approach this situation and any situation that involves domestic violence.
  • September has been National Campus Safety Awareness Month, and on Twitter and Facebook we’ve been sharing links and information regarding campus safety (on Twitter check out the hashtag #NCSAM). Members of the loveisrespect team also attended an Interpersonal Violence Committee meeting with Voices Against Violence and BeVocal at the University of Texas at Austin. BeVocal is a campus-wide initiative that educates students about bystander intervention. Read more about the event on our blog!

Advocate’s Corner

On September 13th, loveisrespect attended the Texas Association of Student Councils Advisor’s Conference in San Marcos. Educators and student council sponsors from around the state gathered to share ideas about how to strengthen their student council programs and support their student leaders. Many teachers are seeing the effects of dating abuse in their schools and were excited to take our posters and palm cards back to their students. Some teachers took it a step further and attended our session on Empowering Students to Have Healthy Digital Relationships. In the session, teachers shared that some of their students are struggling to navigate the way their relationships play out on online, and they as teachers don’t feel that they have much a of a blueprint for how to best support them. They were excited to hear about the resources that loveisrespect has for teachers, and left feeling ready to have conversations with their students about setting digital boundaries and respecting each other’s digital selves.

Remember, we offer chat times just for educators and parents on the first Wednesday of every month from 1pm-3pm Central. Go to this page and click the Chat button next to “Are You a Teacher or Parent?” when it’s activated during that time.

Additional info on digital abuse from loveisrespect:
What is digital abuse?
Warning signs of digital abuse (video)
Texting and sexting

Powerful Resources

  • We hear a lot about talking to daughters about sexual violence, but boys should be included in the conversation, too. Here are 10 Tips for Talking to Sons about sexual violence.
  • According to the U.S. Department of Education, an unknown number of citizens and legal residents are trafficked for forced labor or sex in the U.S. every year, and cases have been reported in all 50 states. Children at risk for human trafficking can be in high school or as young as nine. If you’re a school teacher or counselor, it’s important to recognize and respond to signs of trafficking. This document from the National Center for Homeless Education is a useful tool for educators and school personnel.

 

Do you know a teen who might be in an abusive relationship? Do you have questions about healthy vs. unhealthy dating behaviors? Call 1-866-331-9474, chat online at loveisrespect.org, or text “loveis” to 22522 to speak with an advocate!