Sexual violence: starting the conversation

Another community raising awareness as a first step in preventing sexual assault

Panel discussion of sexual violence with parents and teens

Documentary screening at Wilton Library addresses sexual violence” originally appeared in The Hour (Southwest Connecticut)

beg-quote-black-71by52WILTON — One in five women and one in 16 men are sexually assaulted while in college, and more than 90 percent of those victims never report the assault, according to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center.

This past fall, the Wilton Domestic Violence Task Force was made aware that a former Wilton High School student was part of that statistic — and part of an issue that many experts consider an epidemic.

To raise awareness about campus sexual assault, and in recognition of Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, the task force collaborated with a coalition of local groups to put on a full day of programs on Wednesday at the public schools and library, including a free screening of “The Hunting Ground” Wednesday night.

Martha Griep, a Wilton parent who came to the screening with her high school daughter, said the issues of sexual violence and sexual assault need to be addressed more.

“I think if it sees the light of day, kids are going to realize it’s not OK,” Griep said. “It’s scary. My daughter’s a junior and she’s going to be a senior next year and then off to college.”

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Getting the Dating Violence Conversation Started

How one group of concerned adults got the teen dating violence conversation started.

Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

This article presents one way to begin a conversation with teens and pre-teens about relationships, respect, and warning signs of an abusive relationship.

Junior High kids talk ‘Teen Dating Violence’ at Cody CDC” was originally posted on Pentagram

beg-quote-black-71by52What is one way to get teenagers to talk about an important issue like relationship abuse and sexting for Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month?

Show them a prominent crime show on YouTube about a fictional character who experiences real-life trauma and then discuss it.

For February, Army Community Service Family Advocacy program victim advocate and School Age Services leader, Jalessa Robinson, showed seven students Law & Order: Special Victims Units (SVU) Feb. 10 at The Cody Child Development Center. This particular show was about a female high school student who was in an abusive relationship, one that almost killed her.

“Kids are being exposed to things younger and younger these days,”said Lindsay Seals, a domestic abuse victim advocate at Fort Myer; Seals led a round-table discussion with the students after the show. “The hope was to start with the younger teens so that we could educate them on teen abuse [in order] that they might be aware of what [abuse looks like] — because it can be hard to identify.”

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