Culturally Responsive Advocacy for Diverse Young Survivors of Dating Abuse or Sexual Assault

In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, during the month of April we will be featuring our partners across the nation in a Guest Blog Series on issues of sexual violence. Please be aware that this blog post references incidences of sexual violence, and may be triggering to some readers. This week's post comes from Lumarie Orozco at Casa de Esperanza.

Can Fraternities Stop Sexual Assault?

In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, during the month of April we will be featuring our partners across the nation in a Guest Blog Series on issues of sexual violence. Please be aware that this blog post references incidences of sexual violence, and may be triggering to some readers. This week's post comes from Richard Martin at Men Can Stop Rape.

Break the Cycle Meets with Latin American Dating Violence Advocates

Recently, we had the opportunity to have two incredible conversations with global leaders working to end dating abuse worldwide. As part of the U.S. Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program, Break the Cycle staff met with South Indian dating violence advocates (link to previously published blog) and advocates from Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama and Paraguay.

Break the Cycle Meets with South Indian Dating Violence Advocates

Break the Cycle met with five professional dating and sexual violence advocates from South India in our D.C. office on Friday, March 20th to discuss using social media to create public campaigns and to support the development of healthy relationships and their work. These amazing advocates are here as part of a program through the State Department, and chose Break the Cycle as a stop in their tour.

We were honored to speak with the following advocates:

Know the Signs: Spotlight on Nonstop and Excessive Texting

Twenty years ago, texting seemed like an impossible dream. Now, texting is a normal method of communication for many people, whether it’s texting friends, family or a partner. Highlighting the hold that technology has on our communication styles,, the Pew Internet and American Life Project conducted a study in 2010 that found young people ages 12 to 17 sent over 100 texts a day.

Know the Signs: Spotlight on Isolation from Friends and Family

According to a recent study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 21 percent of high school girls and 10 percent of high school boys have been physically or sexually assaulted by someone they dated. While we often hear about the harmful impacts of physical or sexual abuse in a relationship, we do not hear about the ways in which emotional or verbal abusive behaviors can be used in a relationship to manipulate or control a dating partner.

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