With triggering stories of abuse in the news each day, and movements like #MeToo and #TimesUp still gaining momentum, children and adults alike are feeling the need to share their stories, talk about traumas they have suffered, and get help from trusted sources such as Jewish Coalition Against Domestic Abuse (JCADA)’s Helpline. In fact, the number … Continue reading Back to School Means Healthy Relationships For Children… and Adults
If you know any teens or young adults, it is likely that they have watched, or at least heard of, a new Netflix’s show called YOU. A tense, drama-filled psychological thriller, YOU centers on the mind and obsessive behavior of one “nice guy,” Joe. Throughout the show, the viewer hears Joe’s increasingly erratic and fevered … Continue reading YOU: Taking Stalking to Your Home Screen
When I think back to my years at camp, I remember getting to take a step back from the stresses in life to enjoy a summer filled with fun and exciting times. Camp was a close and tight-knit environment where I felt safe, secure, and happy. I felt a special bond with my camp friends and … Continue reading Relationships at Camp: Challenges & Opportunities
Sometimes, Rachel texts me saying she doesn’t know what she’d do to herself if I ever break up with her. She says if anything happens to her, it will be my fault and I’ll have to live with the consequences forever. In one of our It’s Not Love® workshop stories, our character’s partner, Rachel, threatens to hurt … Continue reading What if your partner threatens to hurt themself?
Though sexual assault can happen anywhere and to anyone of any age, it’s no surprise that it’s an especially pressing issue on college campuses in the U.S. Research further shows that college-age women (18-24) are at the highest risk of sexual violence.1 Approximately 1 in 6 women and 4% of men experience some form of sexual … Continue reading Sexual Violence on Campus: Staggering Statistics & Supporting Survivors
“If my partner ever hit me, I would leave.” “If my partner ever treated me in such an undignified way, I wouldn’t stand for it – I just wouldn’t.” “If my partner ever called me such horrible names like that in public, I would have to go.” These are some of the comments we hear … Continue reading Social Isolation & Intimate Partner Violence