February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month and ICADV is rebranding the month as Teen Dating Violence ACTION Month. Throughout the month, ICADV and the ICADV Youth Council will be posting suggested prevention activities on our Facebook pages (LIKE us on your Facebook page). For some of you, actions like these will already be part of your routine—if that is the case for you, we hope that you will use this month to spread these behaviors with your family, friends and colleagues. We encourage you to ENGAGE in the identified actions, COMMENT on them, and SHARE them with your networks. Because by promoting respectful behaviors, we can make fair and compassionate treatment the easy and expected choice in our relationships and communities. Thanks for using your influence and ACTION to promote respectful relationships!
It’s sad but true: here in this country, people are being bought, sold, and smuggled like modern-day slaves. They are trapped in lives of misery—often beaten, starved, and forced to work as prostitutes or to take grueling jobs as migrant, domestic, restaurant, or factory workers with little or no pay. If you believe you are the victim of a trafficking situation or may have information about a potential trafficking situation, call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) at 1-888-373-7888. NHTRC is a national, toll-free hotline, with specialists available to answer calls from anywhere in the country, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year related to potential trafficking victims, suspicious behaviors, and/or locations where trafficking is suspected to occur. You can also submit a tip to the NHTRC online.
A recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that 7.5 million adults are stalked in the United States in one year, demonstrating that working to raise awareness about the realities of stalking is as critical as ever.
You have the power to help “know, name, and stop” stalking in your community. Visit the National Stalking Awareness Month website to learn what you can do in your community.
Stand4Respect.org … it’s a new site with new information and a new video public service announcement. We hope you’ll check it out today!