Screening for Teen Dating Violence

Stepping in for a teen at the early stages of dating when there is perceived unhealthy or violent behavior can prevent re-victimization and equip teens with the knowledge of what a healthy relationship is and is not. For adolescents at this pivotal age, health care professionals can be an important player in the recognition and treatment of abuse. In this post, we will explore the screening of teen dating violence for health care professionals as it is outlined in our Intimate Partner Violence textbook.Read More »

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The Internet and the Child Sexual Exploitation Epidemic

Recent high-profile cases of Child Pornography Possession and Child Sexual Exploitation bring some exposure to a huge issue.  From Jared Fogle’s arrest earlier this year, to the recent discovery of over 1,000 images of Child Sexual Exploitation on the personal computer of Glee star Mark Salling, recent events are pointing out a troubling rise in instances of Child Sexual Exploitation.Read More »

“Branding” Victims – Forced Tattooing and Domestic Abuse

As we advocate in our guides to Intimate Partner Violence, one of the most crucial things to remember about domestic violence and child abuse, especially sexual abuse, is that control is a huge factor, and often the perpetrators of abuse will go to great lengths to maintain control over their victims.  One lesser known way that some perpetrators do this is by “branding” their victims, or forcing them to get tattoos or body modifications, usually of the perpetrator’s name, that are meant to symbolize their “ownership” of the victim.Read More »

‘That’s Not Cool’ Campaign to Educate Teens about Dating Violence

Teens are at a high risk for dating violence, and often, especially with rapid changes in technology in today’s society, it can be complicated to know what is and is not appropriate within the bounds of a relationship.  With social media and texting being such a big part of a teenager’s life, whole new ethical issues arise in young relationships.  Is it a kind of abuse to share private photos or conversations saved online?  Is it a sign of an abusive power dynamic if a partner demands your Facebook password?Read More »

Sexual Consent Education in Schools

We have written before about the importance of understanding what does and does not constitute consent.  Not only does misunderstanding about sexual consent make instances of sexual assault more likely to occur, but it actually heightens the psychological effects of sexual assault by creating a feeling of isolation for the victim.  When a victim is assaulted and does not understand that what has occurred qualifies as assault, they endure the same damaging psychological effects of the assault without the validation that they have a right to feel that way or the motivation to pursue legal action against the perpetrator.Read More »