Providing Comprehensive Sex Education in Schools Helps Prevent Sexual Violence

By Racheal Hebert, LCSW, President & CEO The topic of comprehensive sex education for youth remains controversial across Louisiana. While some believe that keeping sexual health education out of schools serves as a way to prevent teens from having sex, our statewide data shows a different story. According to our state’s 2016 Annual Health Report… Read More

The Difference Between Self-Defense and Rape Prevention

The idea of having girls and women participate in self-defense classes to reduce their risk of rape is highly debated. “Teach men not to rape” is a common response from survivors and advocates who feel that the burden of rape prevention is unfairly placed on the victims. Writing in The Guardian, Jessica Valenti echoed this… Read More

Consent-Supportive Valentine’s Day Cards for Kids

Our Legal Director, Morgan Lamandre, shares her experience about using Valentine’s Day as a way to discuss consent with her sons. Valentine’s Day is not a holiday I look forward to when it comes to my sons’ class parties because I always have to provide commentary when reading the cards they receive. Although they are… Read More

Why Children Don’t Tell

Media outlets continue to cover the horrifying sexual abuse former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar committed against young athletes that sought his care. At his trial, 156 victims spoke, recounting similar stories of how they went to Nassar to receive his care for sports injuries only to be sexually assaulted and told it was a form… Read More

Parent Powers: Having conversations about consent

Parents often ask us how they can best protect their children, usually girls, from being victims of sexual assault. What’s our answer? First, we want everyone to know that men and boys also commonly experience sexual trauma. Then, we advise that the best way to protect your child is to prevent and address the perpetration of sexual violence, rather than attempting to prevent victimization.… Read More

Pro (Social) Tips: Building healthy (and happy) relationships

It’s February, so you know what that means! Valentine’s Day, candy hearts, chocolates, flowers, gushiness, consensual hugs and kisses, and bright and shiny relationships with no imperfections at all! Okay, so that’s not actually real life. Relationships can bring us joy, comfort and life-sustaining emotional nourishment. They can also be challenging, unsettling and anxiety-inducing. So,… Read More

Pro (Social) Tips: Treating service industry workers like people

Many of us look at the winter months as a time to express sensitivity, generosity, and compassion. Food banks begin overflowing with canned goods, shelters have more volunteers than they know how to manage, and families make amends. However, there is one glaring exception—there is a large group that often does not receive these kind… Read More

Pro (Social) Tips: A recipe for trauma-informed holidays

It’s already November and 2015 is coming to a close, which means holiday season is right around the corner! Winter welcomes a smorgasbord of cultural holidays: Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Ramadan, Christmas, Kwanzaa, etc. For most people, family time is synonymous with this joyous season. From blood relatives to chosen families, this time of year is meant… Read More

Pro (Social) Tips: Safe and Happy Halloween 102

It’s that time of the year again–class is back in session. Even better, Halloween is right around the corner! Last year, we published some study material to help you prep for the big day. Before we jump into our freaky festivities, let’s review the material and expand on our findings.  1. Celebrate responsibly (and respectfully).… Read More

Pro (Social) Tips: How to be a good person

In her journal, Anne Frank wrote, “Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart.” Working in anti-violence and anti-oppression movements, we think a lot about what it means to be a good person, and we try our best to put it into practice. What have we learned? Being a good person takes… Read More