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Are You a Dating Abuse Rubbernecker?

How do you know if you would be a dating abuse rubbernecker? What is it about an auto accident that makes so many people stare but so few stop to help? I bet spectators outweigh participants 100 to one…if not more. Human nature has a way of finding more reasons to stay out it instead of offering to help. Watch the video. Think about the last time you saw an …Read More

Medina, Alfonso And The Reality Of Abuse

  It’s not that abuse is new, it’s that we have more visibility into abuse through social media. CNN reports, “People confess to a lot of things on Facebook: their frustrations, bad habits, secret longings and new loves. A Florida man confessed to something much more sinister Thursday. He said he killed his wife.” “Derek Medina, 31, posted a picture of Jennifer Alfonso’s blood-stained body — collapsed and contorted on …Read More

Abuse and The Bridge to Safety

Imagine the mind of a teenager like building a bridge. The construction project is getting close to completion, but there is still a significant gap between the emotional side and the critical thinking. This means that teenagers are particularly vulnerable to outside influences cementing unhealthy thoughts and beliefs in their minds that will ultimately impact the choices they make. In the last article, The Cycle of Teen Dating Violence and …Read More

The Cycle of Teen Dating Violence and Abuse

1 out of 3 teens is the victim of physical, emotional, sexual, verbal or digital abuse from a dating partner. Abuse comes in many forms. It is important to educate our teens about the subtleties of abuse and give them detailed directions about how to recognize abuse. “I love that he calls me all the time,” might really be a red flag for jealousy or possessiveness that is beginning to develop. The warning is …Read More

Directions for Safe Dating

“Mom, can you write down the directions to school? I have to leave in 5 minutes.” I was standing at the kitchen sink worrying about my daughter’s first time driving to school alone. The sun was shining, the roads were clear, the brakes had just been replaced and the gas tank was full. Why was I worried? Because she asked for directions! She had been riding the bus for 2 …Read More