Prostitution. Pornography. Survival sex. Commercial sexual exploitation is more than just young people being sexually abused by adults. Perpetrators victimize young people by paying, or promising to pay, money, goods or services to a youth—or a pimp—in exchange for sexual acts or entertainment.
Last week, we wrote about the dearth of teen dating violence prevention programs that have been shown to be effective.
As Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month continues, we want to highlight a way youth can share how they would respond to relationship violence.
Last month, Chicago's National Runaway Switchboard became the National Runaway Safeline. For nearly 40 years, the Family and Youth Services Bureau has funded the organization to be the federally designated national communication system for runaway and homeless youth.
"Promising Practices in the Prevention of Intimate Partner Violence Among Adolescents" (abstract). Violence and Victims, Vol. 27, No. 6 (December 2012).
February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month, a chance for youth workers to teach young people about healthy relationships and how to protect themselves from physical, emotional and sexual abuse. Research shows that teen dating violence not only affects young people while it's happening.
The Department of Justice's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention is accepting applications for its Family Drug Court program. State, local and Tribal governments are eligible to apply. Nonprofits are not eligible, but may partner with an eligible applicant.
The Office of National Drug Control Policy, in collaboration with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, is accepting applications for its Drug-Free Communities Support Program. The program seeks to strengthen community partnerships and prevent and reduce substance use among youth and adults.
In our latest podcast, we hear from Bill Martin, executive director of Waterford Country School, a Connecticut youth shelter that will soon finish the three-year implementation of the CARE Model. He talks about how this evidence-based practice enables Waterford to better serve youth. Listen to the podcast.
“Girls Like Us: Fighting for a World Where Girls Are Not for Sale” by Rachel Lloyd
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