Title IX Dear Betsy

Take 2 Minutes to Help Prevent Sexual Assault in Schools

February 15th, 2017 by
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In support of End Rape on Campus’ #DearBetsy campaign, today we’re joining a national day of action to ensure newly appointed Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos prioritizes Title IX.

Title IX is a federal law that requires schools receiving federal funding to address sexual violence and harassment, and respond to survivors’ needs in order to ensure that all students have equal access to education.

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5 Signs of a Healthy Teen Relationship

February 1st, 2017 by
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You’d be hard pressed to find a teen who isn’t glued to their smartphone these days. But what about that teen who’s being bombarded with text messages from a significant other – is that just normal behavior or perhaps a sign of “textual harassment”?

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, and despite startling statistics—such as nearly 60 percent of teens know someone who has been physically, sexually, or verbally abusive in a dating relationship—the good news is that adults can play a role in encouraging healthy dating behavior.…

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Demand Congress Save Health Care for Victims of Violence

January 31st, 2017 by Lisa James, FUTURES' Director of Health
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More than 8.8 million Americans have already signed up for 2017 health care through the federal marketplace. That’s 100,000 more than last year.

A repeal of the Affordable Care Act without a replacement would be devastating to American families and, in particular, victims of domestic violence and sexual assault and their children.

Last week, constituents turned out in force all over the country to personally express their support for the Affordable Care Act. From New York, to Texas, to California, citizens crowded into the offices of local congressional staffers and made a big impression. But we need to keep it up – as the repeal without reform is still looking possible.…

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The Local Fight to End Human Trafficking

January 27th, 2017 by Elena Dineen, FUTURES Staff Attorney

Before FUTURES, I worked in a legal services office in a rural community along California’s Central Coast. It reminded me of the town I’m from—rural enough that you’re surrounded by fields of vegetables and fruits, but close enough to the city that it’s still impacted by the increased cost of living in more urban areas.

Too often we think of trafficking as a crime that occurs in other places—not in my neighborhood, not to my customers, not in the town I work.  The reality is 21 million people are trafficked globally, according to the International Labour Organization. It can occur in any community—in rural communities, in the suburbs, in big cities, and in the towns in between—regardless of race or socioeconomic factors.…

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Pink Hats and a Teachable Moment

January 24th, 2017 by Tracy Tierney
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“Why is everyone wearing a pink hat?” the woman asked me as she walked next to me. We were both walking in the same direction toward the National Mall in Washington D.C.

I eyed the young teenager that accompanied her—her daughter, I presumed—and struggled to find the words to explain the significance of the sea of pink hats on the heads of so many women (and men) before the start of the Women’s March on Washington this past weekend. My own hat was a hot-pink knitted number, adorned with cat ears.…

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