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Sexual violence, sexual coercion and dating violence are significant issues for young people though frequently unrecognized and even more often, untreated. The ramifications of sexual violence last well beyond the incident itself. Sexual violence is related to a wide range of negative health outcomes including greater incidence and exposure to HIV and other STDs, unhealthy weight, asthma, diabetes, substance abuse, risky sexual behaviors, miscarriage and unplanned pregnancy.
Futures Without Violence, formerly Family Violence Prevention Fund, through a national project, is taking on the issue of sexual violence and its reproductive health implications. Through a national initiative, kNOw MORE, Futures Without Violence is working to educate youth about the reproductive health consequences of violence and sexual coercion. Through a national public awareness campaign, we invite youth to say ‘no more’ to reproductive coercion; know more about how to stop it; and say more to anyone and everyone who will listen.
Futures Without Violence's new website, www.knowmoresaymore.org, explores the reproductive health consequences of violence and sexual coercion. Its aim is to open a dialogue and find a common language on the issue. The site features new data from Child Trends as well as the stories of teens and women who experienced reproductive coercion of all kinds -- from relationship rape, to birth control sabotage, to coerced abortion. With a blog, an RSS feed and downloadable widgets, it is designed to reach a young adult audience and open a dialogue on this emerging issue.