Here are a few articles we came across this month as we gear up for Sexual Assault Awareness Month, starting April 1st!
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has created a taskforce to combat teen dating violence in the city. Though many teenagers experience dating violence in their first relationship, they often don’t recognize it for what it is, or don’t realize it’s abuse. This task force, with it’s youngest member being 17 herself, is working on educating and preventing students in schools first, with bigger plans to come.
In Washington, victims of sex trafficking may be able to clear their police record of any charges relating to prostitution or sexual exploitation due to a new bill that passed recently. Though Massachsetts has worked hard to change the language, laws, and understanding about commercial sexual exploitation, in many other states individuals being forced into this work via threats, coercion, or kidnapping are often convicted of crimes, while the men receiving services are never charged or prosecuted.
With baseball season right around the corner, one Mets player has been suspended for the first 15 games of the season due to violating the MLB’s domestic violence policy when he assaulted his wife in October 2016.
-IH Teen Counselor