Healthy Relationships

10 Things You May Not Know about Teen Dating Violence


Did you know that February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month? While one in three women and one in four men will experience violence from their partners in their lifetimes, one in three teens will experience sexual or physical abuse or threats from a partner in one year. In an effort to help raise awareness,…

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And the Results Say….


Harnessing the power of technology and social media, Crush—developed by Healthy Teen Network and MetaMedia—puts the power of comprehensive sexual education in the hands of teens and meets them where they are. With its use of varied interactive content such as whiteboard animations for describing sensitive topics like anatomy and physiology; negotiation dialogues for condom…

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Breaking Up Is Hard To Do


Well, it’s just about that time of year again: Valentine’s Day.  Everywhere I turn, I am bombarded by sappy love songs, ruby hearts, and images of smitten couples. Even one of the nation’s most respected news networks entices me to click a link so I can ponder if the movie “The Notebook” causes breakups. And…

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Growing Up LGBTQ+ Online: An Infographic


Over the past few months, Under the Currents tackled the topics of adolescent sexuality, technology, and social media. When approaching these topics, it is sometimes tempting for adults, even sexuality educators, to focus solely on the Internet Age’s harmful and problematic byproducts for adolescent development and sexuality. In fact, hardly a newsstand exists without glossy-paged…

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Make Sure All the Mamas in Your Life Are Seen and Celebrated


Guest Blog Post from MamasDay.org People have been creating and sending cards for generations because it’s a simple, but powerful, way to maintain connection and sustain our families. But too often, the Mamas Day cards we see in stores don’t reflect the mamas in our lives, or the struggles they face. It’s a distraction from…

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Priorities, Differences, and Common Ground


Guest Blog Post By Judith W. Herrman, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN As we launch into a 2017 that is very different from years past and, perhaps, from what we expected, several things have become very clear to me! The wide spectrum of opinions about almost every issue Our tendency to gravitate to others with “like-minded”…

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Providing Youth-Supportive Service through a Trauma-Informed Lens


It’s extremely important that any professional working with youth is prepared to encounter and address disclosures of trauma. Over 60% of U.S. youth under 18 have either directly experienced or witnessed some type of violence in the past year. Nearly 40% experienced two or more direct victimizations.[1] When I started my career as a high…

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Who Should Do the Telling?


“You know, it’s a really sensitive subject. And it’s really hard news for people to get.” So says Anna Halloran, who works for Spokane Regional Health District in eastern Washington. For patients who have tested positive for gonorrhea, the health department now offers a service to provide anonymous notification to their former sexual partners. “People don’t necessarily do…

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Words Matter: Using Language to Disrupt Rape Culture


Words matter. Language matters. Pictures matter. Imagery matters. These are tools used to create and sustain rape culture, where actions matter, where actions hurt people. We’re hearing a lot about sexual assault right now, but unfortunately, it seems like we always are. The issue, and our outrage, rises and falls with the news story of…

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