January 2015

Happy 2015, and welcome to the first RespecText of the year!

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Tools for Teens

News Bits

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month! Follow loveisrespect on Twitter and Facebook for Teen DV Month updates, and be sure to check out our blog throughout the month. Teens can download our toolkit for Respect Week (Feb. 9-13) for cool ideas on how to raise awareness in their schools and communities.

Advocate’s Corner

A recent study by researchers at the University of North Dakota claims that one in three heterosexual college men admit they might rape a woman (in other words, force a woman to have sex) if no one found out and they wouldn’t face any consequences. The researchers acknowledge that this study was very preliminary and based on a small sample, but it highlights some interesting perspectives that perpetuate rape culture and sexual assault. When researchers actually used the word “rape” in their questions, the number of men who said they would force a woman to have sex dropped. This suggests that some college men don’t associate the act of forcing a woman to have sex with the crime of committing rape. The study also measured the respondents’ attitudes about women, which tended to affect the men’s answers. You can read the full study here.

At loveisrespect, we believe educating young people of all genders about healthy dating and sexual behaviors is incredibly important. Having conversations about consent, understanding sexual coercion, and emphasizing the fact that no one has the “right” to anyone else’s body or affections can help prevent unhealthy attitudes from forming and, hopefully, reduce the number of sexual assaults occurring on campuses and elsewhere.

Powerful Resources

As we get ready for Teen DV Month in February, check out the National Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women’s Special Collection on Preventing and Responding to Teen Dating Violence.

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.