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Responding To Disclosures

Responding to Disclosures What is a Disclosure? A disclosure is telling another person about an incident or experience of violence or abuse. This incident or experience of violence may have occurred in the past, or it may have happened recently, or it may be ongoing. If someone discloses to you, here are a few helpful…
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Safety and Three Tips to Feel Safe

Three Safety Tips to Feel Safe EVERYONE deserves to feel safe and empowered. Today in our fast-paced busy world, we can easily find ourselves in a situation where we do not feel safe. If you feel as though someone is trying to touch you inappropriately or hurt you in any way, here are 3 safety…
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Healthy Relationship Characteristics

Healthy Relationships When evaluating any relationship, whether it be romantic, friendship, or even a familial, it is important to consider the healthiness of the relationship. As humans, we often want to feel loved, respected, and to feel supported by the people in our lives. By establishing healthy relationships, again, regardless of the type of relationship,…
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It’s All About Consent!

It’s All About Consent! People with disabilities are 3 times more likely to be sexually assaulted than people without disabilities. (disabilityjustice.org) The statistics are devasting. There are things we can do to change these numbers and help create safer communities for all people. Teaching about consent is one powerful thing. Here are some of the…
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The Bully, The Bullied, and the ‘not so innocent’ Bystander

The Bully, The Bullied, and the ‘not so innocent’ Bystander In October’s blog about Bullying, we shared that research has shown that students who have a disability are more worried about school safety and or being injured or harassed by their peers than students without disabilities (pacer.org). The title of this blog is the title…
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To Sext or Not To Sext?

What is sexting? Sexting means to send sexy messages or images using your phone, computer or camera. Some people think that sexting is harmless, however, once a sext is out on the internet, it will always be there. Once you click the SEND button, you have no control over where that message is going to…
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Don’t Be A Bully

Don’t Be A Bully Bullying is the actions taken to seek harm, intimidate or coerce someone who is considered to be vulnerable to the perpetrator (stopbullying.gov). Like each new generation of children, bullying changes too. New forms of bullying are found, meaning that there are new outlets for kids and adults to bully, this can…
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Sexual Violence And Survivors Experiencing Characteristics Of The Autism Spectrum

Sexual Violence and Survivors Experiencing Characteristics Of The Autism Spectrum                 As of 2020, according to the CDC, approximately 1 in 54 children in the U.S is diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). ASD does not discriminate and occurs in all racial, ethnic and socioeconomic groups. Autism Spectrum disorder is just that, a spectrum that…
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Honoring A Survivor’s Voice

Daisy Coleman lived a life dedicated to helping survivors of sexual assault by advocating for better education in schools about prevention strategies and how to recognize and respond to the impact that sexual assault has on youth. Daisy didn’t easily choose this role, the role chose her after she was sexually assaulted by a peer…
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Tips For Talking to Kids About The Birds And The Bees

Having a good understanding about sex and sexuality starting from a young age allows us to foster healthy relationships for later in life. Talking to our youth about this subject is difficult, scaring and uncomfortable. Sex education is a sensitive subject and not many people are willing to talk to their teens, let alone allow…
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