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Love Shouldn't Hurt
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Love Shouldn’t Hurt

As we celebrate the month of love in February, many others will experience dating violence. Unfortunately, teens are more likely to experience dating violence than any other age group. One in three teens in the U.S. will experience some form of dating violence from a romantic partner. February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month and Human Options is empowering teens to show respect and engage in healthy relationships.  Stand against teen dating violence by participating in our “Love Shouldn’t Hurt” campaign!   This year, our campaign includes resources and information for teens, parents and educators. To download a copy of our campus campaign toolkit, click here. To download a copy of our…

Teens Pay it Forward—Everyone can make a difference

Blog by Vivian Clecak, Founding CEO One out of five teens has been involved in date abuse. We read again and again about teens who see a rape and either ignore it or shoot a video and share it with other friends. As adults we ask ourselves how we can possibly change this teen culture of acceptance and even approval of violence, of blaming the victim, of not caring about the girl who was unconscious and vulnerable. Five days a week, sometimes as many as five hours a day, Human Options’ community educator is teaching teens in high schools and community programs about the nature of date abuse, warning signs,…

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Steubenville – “I didn’t know it was rape; it wasn’t violent”

Words from Vivian Clecak, LCSW, MFT, and Co-founding CEO of Human Options The rape of the girl whose inability to move or respond earned her the name “the dead girl” in the texts among the teens shocks us all. That this outrage can happen and so many spectators remain silent after all we have done as a culture to strengthen respect for women and girls requires us to review the challenges we face in changing harmful long held cultural beliefs. Domestic violence, date abuse and date rape (one form of date abuse) are the only crimes in which the victim is blamed as much or as more as the criminal….

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February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month

February is the month of love. Flowers, chocolates, love letters, and stores are filled to the brim with all things red and pink. Sometimes, “love” does not only mean red and pink, but also black and blue. Even more unfortunate, is the young age that these unhealthy relationships and patterns can begin. Domestic violence is becoming an increasingly common issue for adolescents, with 1/3 of U.S. girls reported victims of some form of dating abuse. Because of this shocking statistic and others like it, February is not only the month of love, but also the month of Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention. February is a time to educate youth…

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