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Idaho Senator calls for more outreach and education on teen dating violence. Cases of teen dating violence throughout the country are unfortunately on the rise as one-third of teenagers have reported being physically, emotionally or verbally abused by a dating partner. In response to this alarming statistic, Idaho Senator, Mike Crapo, is taking action by introducing a Senate resolution designating February 2011 as "National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month." For more specific information about Crapo's teen dating violence initiative, please go to his website.
Nebraska legislation aims to end cyber-bullying on and off school grounds. Legislative Bill 123, introduced by State Sen. Lavon Heidemann of Elk Creek, would amend state law to let schools suspend, expel or reassign students who are cyberbullies on or off school grounds. Existing law allows school officials to discipline students for bullying, including electronic abuse, but applies only to bullying on school grounds, in school vehicles or at school activities and events.
New Jersey program takes look at teen dating violence. Dress for Success, the Jersey Battered Women's Service of Morris Plains (JWBS) and Morris County Partners in Substance Abuse Prevention will present a program on teen dating violence prevention at noon Sunday, Feb. 6 at the Madison House at 25 Cook Ave. in Madison.
Delaware attorney discusses relationship between bullying in schools and teen dating violence. "As a Delaware attorney who represents both boys and girls who are the victims of bullying, it is disturbing to find that there is a built in prejudice against the girl on the part of many school officials. Here's what happens. When a boy bullies another boy, teachers, principals and others treat it as bullying. When a boyfriend or ex-boyfriend bullies a girl, school officials often treat it as nothing more than a spat."
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Ohio survivor shares her story to educate others about dating violence. Johanna Orozco is loud, funny and by no means modest. In high school she made good grades and was popular. She kept herself busy with theater and dance. But none of that kept her from becoming entangled in an abusive relationship that, in the end, scarred her physically and emotionally. Orozco, 22, recently spoke to students at Sandusky High School, detailing her relationship with Juan Ruiz.
South Carolina group releases study about LGBT youth. South Carolina Equality, the Palmetto State's LGBT education and political advocacy organization, has released a landmark survey of 1,000 LGBT residents. The survey exposes several needs and challenges currently facing the state's estimated 117,000 LGBT citizens, advocates say, particularly among LGBT youth in the state's public schools. In 2009, a bill designed to instruct students on the dangers of dating violence was amended to specifically exclude lessons for LGBT students in same-sex relationships. State Rep. Greg Delleney (R-Chester) advocated for the change, insisting "dating partner" be defined in the bill as "a person involved in a heterosexual dating relationship with another."
Ohio legislation on dating violence takes effect. Weathersfield Board of Education approved new sections on dating violence to its hazing and bullying policies for the district's policy manual. The changes add requirements for education on dating violence required under Ohio House Bill 1. Superintendent Damon Dohar explained that the district's hazing and bullying policy has been in effect for three years, and only minor changes are being made to that policy, except for the addition of the dating violence language.
The Huffington Post spotlights problems with use of "Parental Alienation" in domestic violence cases. Parental alienation (PA, or PAS for Parental Alienation Syndrome) alleges a parent poisons the mind of a child to fear or hate the other parent. The defamation results in a damaged relationship or estrangement… More dangerously, parental alienation can mask domestic violence, child abuse and child sexual abuse. What is the difference between fearful or uncooperative battered women and alienating," vindictive" mothers? If parents try to withhold access to children, are they alienators or protectors? If they try to provide evidence of abuse - interviews with psychologists, medical examinations or discussions with the child - are they gathering proof or further alienating the ex? What is the difference between alienated children and abused children?
Dallas children's theater to present Teen Scene Festival including production about dating violence. Dallas Children's Theater (DCT) is committed to creating meaningful works for teens. Proud to be a leader in the development and commissioning of plays for and about young adults, DCT's Young Adult Rated Drama (YARD) presents a quartet of plays and the Baker Idea Institute (BII) symposiums for restoring healthy, creative lives with The TEEN SCENE Festival, February 4 – February 20, 2011 at DCT's Rosewood Center for Family Arts. Two must-see professional productions, dont u luv me? by Linda Daugherty, and hard 2 spel dad by Linda Daugherty and Mary Rohde Scudday, will anchor the Festival.
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Katie Couric spotlights teen dating violence for the CBS News. Nearly 30% of teenagers say that they have experienced dating violence, accordingly a survey by the Liz Claiborne and Family Violence Prevention Fund. Watch an interview with survivors and victims' family members.
In California, new domestic violence laws are aimed at empowering victims. With each New Year new laws are put into effect. 2011 has brought with it two new laws aimed at empowering victims and survivors while increasing punishment for abusers. The first law will prohibit unfair evictions. By prohibiting these evictions it will allow a victim to stay in their home if issued an eviction notice based primarily on the acts of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking. Another law that was signed in for 2011 increases the minimum fine for people granted probation for domestic violence from $200 to $400.
New study looks at the impact of teen magazines as educational texts on dating violence. In the journal, Violence Against Women, authors Kettrey and Emery analyzed how teen magazines reported on dating violence, rape and domestic violence. The study concludes a need for media to frame the issues of dating violence and sexual violence from a social and cultural perspective and that prevention methods should not only provide information but help reframes sating violence as a social and cultural phenomenon.
Rhode Island organization sponsors teen dating violence poster contest. The Lindsay Ann Burke Memorial Fund announced its 2011 Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Poster Contest for Rhode Island high school students. This year's theme "Breaking the Cycle of Abuse", focuses on any of the following: making & following a Safety Plan, Getting Help, Who to Go to for Help, Talking to Friends/Guidance Counselors, gaining Strength & finding Confidence.
Jean Sung, Youth Voices Network
I was raised on Philadelphia sports teams, and my first love was football. The nail-biting, pulse-racing plays enraptured me at an early age. I grew up watching sports with my father and older brother, and I found myself entranced by the energy and excitement of each game. I am also a survivor of an abusive relationship, and because of that experience, I work as an advocate for other survivors and victims of dating violence. As a teenager, my boyfriend used physical violence and emotional abuse to control me, and I understand now that this happens too often in our society. In essence, I live with two diametrically opposed identities. I more or less condone violence as a sports fan, but I work to end it as an advocate, too.
Scandals surrounding professional athletes make headlines so frequently now that we are desensitized to these stories. The list of athletes involved in relationships marked by intimate partner abuse is long. People have heard the stories behind O.J. Simpson, Ben Roethlisberger and Kobe Bryant and accepted these stories as part of the world in which we live. Still, I wonder what, if anything, we learn from these stories. Recently, the death of UVA lacrosse player Yeardley Love at the hands of her boyfriend, a fellow lacrosse player, sparked mainstream media attention, and probed us to question if there is a connection between athletes and domestic violence.
|We as a society seem quite willing to forgive athletes for crimes of assault and abuse because they entertain us.|
s a survivor, I am fascinated at how these stories play out. The athlete is made out to be a villain in the immediate aftermath of an assault. Sports journalists debate whether the athlete shows genuine contrition or not. Soon after, we forget it ever happened. Later, if the athlete can perform well on the field or court, they are considered "redeemed." We as a society seem quite willing to forgive the athletes for these crimes of assault and abuse because they entertain us. I am no exception.
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Recent murder-suicide in California highlights the issue of violence against women in the community. The killing of Michel David, 22, by an ex-boyfriend, Daniel Shoemake, 21, who killed himself after shooting David, stunned the community and highlights the need to talk about dating violence, advocates say. The two Amador High graduates had been in a relationship that started in high school. They moved to San Diego around the same time but had split up at least a year ago. Family members of David have described the relationship as dysfunctional and unhealthy.
New book looks at legal studies and policy issues on domestic violence, abuse, and child custody. Editors Mo Therese Hannah, Ph.D. and Barry Goldstein, J.D. apply up-to-date research and information to DV custody cases. Using case studies from a diverse group of experts, Hannah and Goldstein show an overwhelming consensus that the custody court system as presently constituted is broken and that the courts' failure to apply current research findings to court practices has placed the lives and well-being of thousands of children and protective mothers in jeopardy. The research and information also focuses on how to help the custody court system respond better to these disputes
Massachusetts PhD candidate explores domestic violence among LGBT youth. Leandra Smollin wanted to discover what LGBTQ adolescents and young adults were thinking about teen dating violence and how they responded to issues like dating conflict amongst their peers. As part of her research study, which she has been working on since March of 2010, Smollin has conducted 12 interviews with LGBTQ youth. Her ultimate goal is to speak with 25 adolescents and young adults between the ages of 14 and 21 whom identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or queer. In addition, she hopes to conduct a number of focus groups on her topic. Smollin expressed the importance of hearing directly from youth in the community and not just from the adults who serve them.