From the desk of Chai Shenoy,
To better help young survivors of dating abuse, Connecticut is considering legislation that would require all educators to receive training on dating violence.
Representative Gerald Fox III, along with youth leaders from the Stamford Youth Services Bureau and students from Stamford High, recently spoke out in support of the bill.
Break the Cycle is proud to premiere the Speak.Act.Change Girl Power Project in seven Girl Scout Councils across Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois and Texas. 120 select Girl Scouts Ambassadors will be trained as Peer Leaders to educate nearly 10,000 more middle and high-school aged Girl Scouts. "Paying it forward," those Girl Scouts will complete advocacy and service-learning activities designed to raise awareness among their peers.
Congratulations to Ohio on making The Tina Croucher Act law. Along with mandating teen dating violence education in grades 7-12, the new law also requires school districts to adopt a policy and provide staff training on dating abuse prevention.
Help get teen dating violence education in your state by becoming a card-carrying member of HOPE.
-Published on December 29, 2009
Break the Cycle collaborates with MTV on A Thin Line, an initiative empowering youth to stop the spread of digital abuse. The campaign launched with It's Time to Talk Day in New York, where Break the Cycle joined MTV, media and others to bring national attention to domestic violence.
-Published on December 3, 2009
A group of young boys beat and raped their classmate as a crowd of onlookers stood nearby. After this recent incident in which a fifteen-year-old Richmond girl was gang raped outside of her high school, many people are realizing just how prevalent and horrifying youth violence can be.
Sadly, crimes like these are not uncommon. According to the 2006 survey from the U.S. Department of Justice:
Break the Cycle is launching a new initiative to ensure that teens in rural communities get the help they need. These young people experience abuse at the same rate as their urban counterparts, but often have difficulty accessing services tailored to their needs.
In an exciting change of public policy, New York now allows thousands more victims, including teens, to access civil protection orders. The New York Legislature voted unanimously to expand the law. Now, teenagers, same sex couples and cohabitants can access legal protection without involving the police.