Last week, loveisrespect’s awesome National Youth Advisory Board (NYAB) convened in the tranquil, picturesque North Carolina mountainside for their annual retreat. It was inspiring to see the 18 incredible NYAB members who could make it come from all over the country to learn how they can teach their peers, schools and communities about healthy relationships.
So much happened over the course of three days! Here are just a few of the highlights:
“That wasn’t me. I was drunk. That’s not who I am.”
Researchers at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and Florida State University found recently that men and women who have been drinking alcohol are at a greater risk of becoming physically and sexually aggressive with their partners. And while alcohol itself does not cause dating violence, it can aggravate it.
How many texts do you think teens send in a day? Five? 20? 1,000?
At Break the Cycle, we work to inspire and support young people to build healthy relationships and create a culture without abuse. Dating violence affects millions of people every year, but people are still afraid to talk about it.
It’s time to start the conversation and bring hope to survivors. That’s why we’ve partnered with Verizon Hopeline to bring public awareness to this important issue with their #VoicesHavePower campaignstarting now through August 8th.
During a presentation at a company event last week, Tmobile CEO John Legere compared the prices of AT&T and Verizon to rape, saying, “these high and might duopolists that are raping you for every penny you have.” Although Legere apologized for the remarks, it brings up the issue of using the word “rape” casually.
This past weekend (June 7th and 8th), over 200 girls on two coasts between the ages of 12 to 17 got to work at the Black Girls CODE Hackathon titled “Love Is Respect.” The two-day hackathon held in Oakland, California and Brooklyn, New York was powered by Black Girls CODE, Break the Cycle and Verizon Wireless, focusing on empowering the girls through consciousness
By now, you’ve heard about the tragic events that occurred in Isla Vista, near the University of California Santa Barbara on Friday, May 23. Elliot Rodger, a 22-year-old man, went on a killing spree, taking the lives of six people before committing suicide. In the weeks leading up to the shooting, Rodger posted angry, vitriolic YouTube videos of himself declaring his hatred of women along with a 137-page manifesto detailing his childhood and adolescence, which he describes as filled with isolation, loneliness and rejection by his peers.
If an abusive relationship has reached a point of danger, it may be time to seek a restraining order, also known as a protection order. This makes it a crime for an abusive partner to come near or contact the victim in any way, including seeing them in person, calling, emailing, texting, posting on social media, visiting them at work or school, or coming to their house.