How Do You Recover From Rape?

After being sexually assaulted, it can be difficult to know where to turn for help. Several studies suggest that group therapy is more effective at reducing PTSD, anxiety, and depression than individual therapy. However, group therapy may not be the best choice for everyone. Find out what other forms of therapy are available so you can decide what is right for you or a loved one. Continue reading

“Why Doesn’t She Just Leave?” Barriers to Getting Out of Abusive Relationships

Domestic violence is a fact of life in the U.S. for approximately 35% of women and 28% of men. When we learn someone is in an abusive relationship, the first question many people ask is “Well, why doesn’t she just leave?” However, getting out of the situation is not as easy as people like to think. Continue reading

Notre Dame Football Players Rape Cover-up – What’s in the News and What Isn’t

Fem2.0 January 9, 2013. The media has extensively covered the college championship football game between Notre Dame and Alabama, but few Americans aware of Notre Dame’s cover-up of rapes by Notre Dame football players. Monday’s football game is an opportunity to acknowledge that raping women is a terrible crime that needs to be taken seriously by the police, the public, and the media. Continue reading

Dating Violence: What Everyone Needs to Know

Think dating violence can’t happen to you? Dating violence usually starts with words, and it can happen to anyone. Nearly one-third of all women between 18-24 have experienced dating violence. This free pamphlet explains the warning signs and explains how to avoid escalating problems in a relationship. It can help you avoid dating violence or get out of an abusive relationship. Continue reading

Emergency Contraception & Sexual Assault: Why Compassionate Care Should be a Standard of Care

The Compassionate Assistance for Rape Emergencies (CARE) Act of 2009 (H.R.1236) and the Prevention First Act of 2009 (H.R.463/S.21) were introduced in Congress in early 2009. The sole purpose of the CARE Act, and one of several goals of the Prevention First Act, would be to direct hospitals and emergency medicine facilities that receive federal funding to inform all women who have been sexually assaulted about emergency contraception (also known as the “morning after pill” or “Plan B”) and to make it available to them, regardless of their ability to pay. Continue reading

Dating Violence: A Two Way Street, But Girls Are Hurt Most

Some people believe teenage relationships are superficial, short-lived, and insignificant. However, a growing field of research suggests that what happens in teenage relationships shape future relationships. Unfortunately teenage relationships can be violent, and both genders can commit acts of violence. As a result, preventative measures and education should be started in middle school and focus on both genders. Continue reading

Dolls Are Not a Substitute for Babies

Adults assume that teenagers would be less likely to get pregnant if they knew how hard it is to care for a baby. That was the theory behind the development of Baby Think it Over (BTIO), a computerized infant simulator doll. Unfortunately, several studies suggest that taking care of these baby dolls does nothing to discourage teens from becoming parents. Continue reading

Back to School Lessons: The V (Violence) Joins the Three R’s

Countless studies have shown that violence is pervasive in American “entertainment” and that children are exposed to it every day. Thirty years of research has proven that children who watch violent programs are more likely to hurt others, and to become criminals as teenagers or adults. It will take a few years to study the long-term impact of the increasingly violent and realistic computer and video games, but it is likely that they are even more dangerous, because of the interactive nature of these games. Continue reading

Copy Cats that Kill

The media gives a lot of attention to school violence, and that attention can encourage more threats of violence. Researchers focus on the implications for the media, suggesting that they not give so much attention to these violent incidents and that they avoid portraying perpetrators as counterculture heroes. Continue reading

How to Help? Reaching Out to Homeless and Runaway Youth

What is the best way to reach out to troubled youth who have run away and are homeless? This article examines a study of previously homeless youth and the ways in which they were able to alter their behavior in order to successfully mature and escape trouble. Find out which forms of help previously runaway adolescents found most beneficial. Continue reading