February 2015

The February edition of RespecText is full of information and updates about Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (Teen DV Month)!

Tools for Teens

In honor of Teen DV Month, we hope you’ll encourage teens to explore loveisrespect.org and take our quizzes:

News Bits

Throughout Teen DV Month, loveisrespect has been discussing different topics related to dating abuse and relationships. Each week we’ve focused on a theme and linked to related content on our website. On Feb. 12 we hosted a Twitter chat about relationship rights with our friends Break the Cycle and Casa de Esperanza – read the highlights on Storify! We’ve also been posing questions to our social networks using the #LIRasks hashtag. It’s been a busy month! Check out the links below:

Advocate’s Corner

From Kirsten Sorensen, Digital Services Manager at loveisrespect

All of us at loveisrespect would like to commend the students in Alpine, TX who used Teen DV Month as an opportunity to bring the conversation about dating abuse home to their community. The message was loud and clear: “Not only is dating abuse a problem, it is a problem that is happening here in our town, and it is up to us to stop it.”

Student leaders from Alpine High School and Sul Ross State University worked in partnership to make Respect Week 2015 a memorable one by promoting conversations in their respective schools. There were class presentations, a movie night and a big Orange-Out celebration where students could have their faces painted while creating posters proclaiming what love and respect mean to them. All of these activities were entirely organized and led by the students! The conversation caught on as local businesses such as Plaine Coffee agreed to hand out customized sleeves with their coffee, inviting their patrons to join the conversation at #SRSURespectWeek.

The week culminated with the Let’s Talk! Panel Event, a panel discussion at Sul Ross State University that consisted of students, survivors, professors and local experts – and loveisrespect was there, too! The hour-and-a-half-long event was a profound ending to a week full of dialogue as student audience members engaged the panel with their stories and questions. The discussion was primarily carried by the audience, who not only weighed in on what dating violence looks like and means for their generation, but challenged each other’s assumptions and connected by telling stories about their shared experiences. We at loveisrespect were thrilled to be part of this conversation, and we’re thankful to Alpine students for setting a national example with their dedication and involvement.

abigail, ryan, megan, courtney love is  drink sleeves at Plaine Coffee

Powerful Resources

Trans Lifeline is a non-profit dedicated to the well-being of transgender people. Their free hotline is staffed by transgender people, for transgender people. The hotline is primarily for transgender people experiencing a crisis, which includes people who may be struggling with their gender identity and/or are not sure that they are transgender. This is an especially wonderful resource in light of the recent tragic suicides of young transgender people, including Leelah Alcorn.

Need additional resources? Our Technical Assistance chat for parents and teachers occurs the first Wednesday of every month from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM Central. Go to this page and click on the chat button next to “Are you a teacher or parent?” when activated.