By Dana Fleitman, Program Coordinator
In honor of Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, Mitru Ciarlante and Kirsten deFur presented February’s National Alliance to End Domestic Abuse webinar: “Let’s Talk About Sex: Adolescent and Sexual Violence.” The webinar focused on the unique needs, challenges and barriers facing teenagers as they navigate their relationships and sexual experiences and offered best practices in discussing sex and sexuality with teens as well as working with teen victims of sexual violence. Over 97% of webinar attendees indicated that they were satisfied with this presentation, and attendees commented that it “stirred many thoughts about serving and reaching teens.”
For continued learning on this topic, we recommend the following resources:
ANSWER’s “Sex, Etc.” website and magazine is an award-winning sexual health website geared at teens. ANSWER provides training and resources for parents and professionals as well.
Healthy Teen Network
Healthy Teen Networks offers publications, training and technical assistance on youth issues including sexuality and violence.
Jewish Women International
JWI’s website offers resources for teens on healthy relationships.
Love is Not Abuse
The website provides educational tools and information about the warning signs of teen dating abuse, suggested action steps and where to get help.
The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy
The National Campaign provides studies and resources on teen pregnancy and adolescent sexuality. They also host sexuality education websites, www.stayteen.org and www.bedsider.org for younger teens and older teens/young adults respectively.
NYC Healthy Relationship Training Academy
The “About Dating Violence” section has resources for parents and providers.