DATING VIOLENCE EDUCATION IN U.S. SCHOOLS May 25, 2011Posted by Kate in Domestic Abuse, Teenage Relationships.
Tags: domestic violence, Education, Prevention
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In spite of the effectiveness of dating abuse education in our schools, only 1 in 4 teenagers are receiving this valuable educational tool. According to a 2009 study:
25% of teens report having a course on dating abuse in school.
Among teens who said they took a course on dating abuse, 75% say it helped them learn about the signs of abusive relationships.
With the passage of the Lindsay Ann Burke Act, Rhode Island became the first state to mandate that schools teach a curriculum on healthy relationships and dating abuse to teenagers. The schools are free to choose which curriculum to utilize.
Some other states have since passed education mandates as well – Texas, Ohio, Nebraska and Florida. Other states have pending legislation or have considered it in the past. Sadly, some states have yet to even consider this important weapon in preventing domestic violence. Click here to see a map of the states, the darkest states have the strongest education mandates.
States that have the strongest mandatory education legislation enacted:
Rhode Island (Lindsay Ann Burke Act)
Ohio (Tina Croucher Act)
Nebraska (Adopted Lindsay Ann Burke Act)
Louisiana – not as strong language as other states in this category, which is why it’s color is not as dark on the map
Have legislation enacted for voluntary school education:
Have teen bullying legislation passed:
Have legislation mandating that teachers are trained to recognize dating violence:
Have passed legislation to study the problem:
Have pending legislation:
Have considered legislation but it failed to pass and have none currently pending:
States that have no existing legislation, none ever considered or pending:
To join the Love Is Not Abuse coalition to encourage dating abuse education in our schools, please click here.
Kelly Preston’s Statements, and an Update May 7, 2011Posted by Syd in Uncategorized.
Yesterday, TMZ posted an interview with Kelly Preston, and she confirmed Charlie’s account of the bizarre accidental shooting. If this is how the incident indeed happened, we apologize to everyone (Charlie included) for posting the misinformation about that incident, and I’ve added a comment to our original blog that addressed the timeline. Thanks also to the commenter that provided the link(s).
Understand (as I said in the edited blog) that we would rather all of the situations he’s been accused of turn out not to be abuse. Given the photographic evidence in one of the other cases, I don’t know how that would be possible, but we were never looking for things to accuse Charlie of – we were merely posting what had been posted multiple times over in various new sources. As we did here, if new information turns up that disproves all of these other cases, then we will post an update, with our apologies.
However, I must emphasize that we would never want ANY woman to recant a story about abuse that DID happen. We will be touching upon this subject in a future blog, but there are a myriad of reasons why abused women have recanted their stories, and we would never want anyone to think we want to silence them. So many stories are NOT heard.
As we alluded to in our “About” section, we know that the name of this blog will change. We never intended it to be “UnfollowCharlie” forever. It really isn’t about Charlie Sheen anymore. Over the last few weeks, we’ve been brainstorming about changes to this blog, and we’re very excited about some of the ideas we have, and we hope you will be too.