December 2014

Welcome to the final RespecText of 2014!

We appreciate your continued support and hope you’ll share RespecText with colleagues, friends and family.

Happy holidays, and here’s to more healthy relationships in the new year!

Tools for Teens

News Bits

  • In early December the loveisrespect team attended a Healthy Relationships Rally at Creekview High School in Carrollton, TX. Friends from Mary Kay and Verizon, as well as Texas Senator Jane Nelson, joined us to talk to students about healthy relationships and digital abuse.
  • Loveisrespect recently participated in the #JustAsk Twitter chat hosted by MTV’s It’s Your Sex Life. Other guests included YouTube star and sex-positive activist Laci Green and Bedsider.org. We chatted about healthy relationships and answered questions from participants about dating. Check out Storify for highlights from the chat!

Advocate’s Corner

Yik Yak is a popular app among teens that allows users to post messages anonymously, much like Secret and Whisper. The difference between Yik Yak and other apps is that it limits anonymous postings to a small, local radius, which makes it attractive to high school and college students. It’s been at the center of controversy lately after being linked to bullying and used as a forum for sexually explicit messages.

In a recent interview, the app’s founders claim that they are now creating geo-fences around middle and high schools that block those students from accessing the app (while at school, anyway), and instead they are targeting college campuses. They also claim that they are taking steps to reduce and remove posts that are offensive, threatening, bullying, and abusive.

It’s important to be aware of the apps and sites that teens are frequently using, and we always encourage having open conversations about online safety and respectful online behavior. Read more about social networking safety, and talk to the teens in your life about their experiences both online and off!

Powerful Resources

The NW Network of Bisexual, Trans, Lesbian and Gay Survivors of Abuse “works to end violence and abuse by building loving and equitable relationships in our community and across the country.” Their guide “It Takes a Village, People!” (PDF) offers information and guidance for advocates, friends and family members on responding and providing support to LGBT survivors.

 

Remember, loveisrespect advocates are available 24/7/365!  Call us at 1-866-331-9474, chat online at www.loveisrespect.org, or text loveis to 22522.