Author: Deborah Nanninga

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month!

What is Teen Dating Violence? Florida Department of Education defines Teen Dating Violence as a pattern of emotional, verbal, sexual, or physical abuse used by one person in a current or past dating relationship to exert power and control over another when one or both of the partners is a teenager. Abuse may include insults, coercion, social sabotage, sexual harassment, stalking, threats and/or acts of physical or sexual abuse. The abusive partner uses this pattern of violent and coercive behavior to gain power and maintain control over the dating partner. This may also include abuse, harassment, and stalking via electronic devices...

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The Truth About Human Trafficking

What is Human Trafficking? The United Nations defines human trafficking as the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring, or receipt of persons by improper means (such as force, abduction, fraud, or coercion) for an improper purpose including forced labor or sexual exploitation. ACCORDING TO THE POLARIS PROJECT:  Although slavery is commonly thought to be a thing of the past, human traffickers generate hundreds of billions of dollars in profits by trapping millions of people in horrific situations around the world, including here in the U.S. Traffickers use violence, threats, deception, debt bondage, and other manipulative tactics to force people to engage in commercial sex or...

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January is National Stalking Awareness Month!

Did You Know? Stalking is a dangerous crime that affects an estimated 6.6 million women and men each year here in the US.  As many as 1 in 4 women and 1 in 13 men have experienced stalking victimization at some point during their lifetime. Most of the time, the stalker is someone the victim knows; an acquaintance, a relative, a current or former intimate partner. Stalking is unpredictable and dangerous. No two stalking situations are alike. There are no guarantees that what works for one person, will work for another. Watch: Stalking: Real Fear, Real Crime Stalkers will...

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