A Guide to Domestic Abuse Information and Resources The Guide to Healthcare Schools offers this informative article
featuring statistics, myths, resources, and treatment options for those
suffering from domestic abuse.
American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children Helps professionals to respond to children and their families affected by abuse and violence.
Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers This professional organization focuses on the prevention of sexual abuse through effective management of sex offenders.
Bishop Accountability Information and resources documenting the sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church.
Child Abuse Prevention Network For professionals in the field of child abuse and neglect.
Child Welfare Information Gateway National resource on the prevention, identification, and treatment of
child abuse and neglect and related child welfare issues.
Child Welfare League Association of more than 1,100 public and private nonprofit agencies
that assist over 3.5 million abused and neglected children and their
families each year with a wide range of services.
Crimes Against Children Research Center Provides research and statistics about the nature of crimes including
child abduction, homicide, rape, assault, and physical and sexual abuse
as well as their impact.
Empathic Parenting Website of the Canadian Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.
International Directory of Domestic Violence Agencies Global list of abuse hotlines, shelters, refuges, crisis centers and
women's organizations, plus domestic violence information in over 80
Justice for Children The mission is to raise the consciousness of our society about the
failure of our governmental agencies to protect victims of child abuse,
to provide legal advocacy for abused children and to develop and
implement a full range of solutions that enhance the quality of life
for these children.
Love Is Respect Need Help with a Domestic Violence Situation? Learn more about what to do at this helpful chat line, available 24/7. Love Is Respect is a partnership between Break the Cycle and the National Domestic Violence Hotline. Just click the link above to get help now.
Morality in Media Interfaith organization that combats obscenity and upholds decency standards in the media. It maintains the National Obscenity Law Center,
a clearinghouse of legal materials on obscenity law, and conducts
public information programs to educate and involve concerned citizens.
Mothers Against Sexual Abuse (MASA) Education, advocacy, and support.
National Association to Protect Children Powerful, nonpartisan grassroots force for the protection of children from abuse, exploitation and neglect.
National Center for Children Exposed to Violence Resource center for anyone seeking information about the effects of
violence on children and the initiatives designed to address this
National Center for Victims of Crime Victim services, advocacy, and education.
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence Advocacy, education, and support for community-based groups to
eliminate both personal and societal violence against all women and
National Domestic Violence Hotline Highly trained expert advocates are available 24/7 to talk confidentially with anyone experiencing domestic violence, seeking resources or information, or questioning unhealthy aspects of their relationship.
National Organization Against Male Sexual Victimization Education, advocacy, and support for adult male survivors of childhood sexual abuse.
National Organization for Victim Assistance Promotes rights and services for victims of crime and crisis everywhere.
Nationwide Directory of Crisis and Help Lines A list of phone numbers for help lines in each state in America.
Obscenitycrimes.org Resource for educating the public and reporting possible violations of Internet obscenity laws.
Operation Blue Ridge Thunder Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
Parents for Megan's Law Provides assistance to parents and organizations about ways to
effectively and responsibly manage Megan’s Law high risk sex offender
notifications on a community level, help raise awareness about the
public’s rights for information under Megan’s Law, and ways to prevent
childhood sexual abuse.
Prevent Child Abuse America Working at the national, state and local levels to prevent the abuse and neglect of our nation's children.
SASIAN Sibling Abuse Survivors' Information and Advocacy Network
Stop Educator Sexual Abuse, Misconduct, and Exploitation SESAME believes the power imbalance between a teacher and a student of
any age creates a climate that can facilitate sexually exploitative
behavior by the teacher, behavior that is psychologically equivalent to
Teens Against Bullying Created by and for teens, this website is a place for middle and high
school students to find ways to address bullying, to take action, to be
heard, and to own an important social cause.
YES International Child Abuse Network Provides crisis, information and referral services world-wide for those who are having issues around child abuse.
Helpful Family First Aid Links:
http://www.familyfirstaid.org/youth-violence.html http://www.familyfirstaid.org/gang-statistics.html http://www.familyfirstaid.org/teen-vandalism.html http://www.familyfirstaid.org/teen-anger.html http://www.familyfirstaid.org/bullying.html
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enough about why I like this site so much. I have always liked to party
and I love chillin’ with my friends. Obviously partying can lead to
some tough life choices; I had my first alcoholic drink when I was 13.
That may seem pretty young but I grew up in Europe where the legal age
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I was underage. It’s easy to drink when your friends drink. Needless to
say, from the first drink till now, I have experienced a lot. Partying
was probably the best tool in learning about me which may seem strange
but I really learned a lot about how I treat my friends and
relationships, how I trust …you name it. Good times and bad I have
gained valuable life lessons. If you ever need to talk about stuff or
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other people with their words and eventually the other kids' self
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Hey, I’m Chelsi.
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Each morning I see in my mind what I’m working hard to obtain. I
know I can achieve anything I set my mind on by putting in the time
& effort needed. I believe one can learn from every experience. I
like to ‘take the best and leave the rest’!“
a rule I don’t like talking about myself. However, I want you to know
a little about me, the “teen” likely not much different than you and
thinking a lot of the same things and having similar questions etc.
I try to treat everyone with respect and kindness, just as I would
hope to be treated! Hopefully I can help answer questions you may have
or concerns you don’t want to discuss with an adult… you know
Here’s a bit of what I like to do…. I love
hanging with my friends at the movies or the mall, and staying in with
my family. I love music, sometimes when I’m upset or “heartbroken” I go
in my room and just listen to music. It just lets me cool off and just
not have to think.
Although I’m only 13 on paper, I’m
told I’m much wiser than my years. If there is a problem, I am the
first person anyone calls. I may be nice but, if someone hurts anyone I
know (whether I like ya or not) they are in trouble… haha. They call me
“the haha queen” because I can make any situation funny.
hope after hearing this little bit “about me” you want to ask me your
questions, and if you just want to chat, I’d love to. I like meeting
“And it's now, now or never when we're chasing our dreams.” -Mercy Mercedes
“I'd like to make myself believe that planet Earth turns slowly.” -Owl City
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What my friends have to say About me - Chelsi♥ ……
like talking to you because you can always make me feel good about
myself and make me happy no matter what. I like you as a person because
you really are a great friend and I thank you for being there for me,
and you’re just fun to be with.” -Jessie
hard.. To put into words.. The uncanny ability you have to put a smile
on my face and that’s just online, from reading the nearly poetic
replies. Where as over the phones it’s near impossible to explain the
warmth that washes over me when I hear your voice. For some reason when
I heard you for the first time. Chelsi you inspired my first poem I wrote … -Sean
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“When people go to parties just to hang out, other people come and
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trying and trying to get you to drink or smoke, and you might be
tempted do it because you want to be known as a cool person.”
Hey, I’m Trent
“I have cousins my same age and younger who are Haitian and Filipino,
which allows me to connect with other cultures. Even with different
styles and different issues, these other teenagers still have some of
the same dramas we have here in America, such as peer pressure.” Hey, I’m Trent
Hey, I’m Forrest
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topics here as well as responses to what others are saying in their
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Hey, I’m Connor
Hi, I’m Connor Cottle. I’m 17 and a junior at Fernandina Beach
High School in northeast Florida. As an only child, my friends are
really important to me, so I’m either hanging out with them or texting
them when we’re apart.
I spend my free time on the tennis court, the golf course, and at the beach. I volunteer
frequently around my community and enjoy every minute of it.
am also the Lead Youth Advisor of the In Search of Me Café program and
I’m involved because I like how connecting teens all over the world can
help them help themselves.
I’m always around if you need any advice or if you just want to hang out.
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