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Abusing a child is a heinous crime and often times there are warning signs that abuse is occurring. Here are some tips on what to do if you suspect a child is a victim of sexual violence or family violence.  One way to address your suspicions is to talk to the child directly. Choose a time and place where the child can feel comfortable. It’s...
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month in the United States. The public goal is to help survivors of sexual assault get help and to raise awareness about the damage caused by sexual violence.  Sexual violence occurs in every community and affects people of all genders, race, and ages. It involves any sort of sexual contact that is unwanted....
It does not matter what you have been through in your past, or what you believe your future looks like. Life has an interesting way of throwing us curveballs and it’s our job to manage the situation as best as we can.  One of the tools that can help us navigate life’s murky waters is a strong support system, one which we utilize when we need it...
March serves as Women’s History Month across the United States as a way to honor and celebrate the powerful achievements women have had in creating the world we have today.  But how did March become the month we celebrate women?  Starting in 1980, President Jimmy Carter issued the first Presidential Proclamation declaring the week of March 8 as...
If you are a parent whose teenager is starting to date, or a teenager ready to embark on this next stage in life it’s important to understand what a healthy relationship looks like. Unfortunately, 1.5 million high school students nationwide will be involved in some form of abuse in a relationship. Here are some safety tips for teens (and parents)...
In today’s world women are rising up to demand more for their own lives. They are demanding more of a voice in politics, more protections in the workplace, striving for more educational opportunities, and more fulfilling relationships.  International Women’s Day is a global day of celebration that honors the achievements of women around the world...
Every year advocates across the nation work hard to spread awareness about dating violence amongst teenagers. Roughly 1.5 million high school students experience some form of physical abuse from a dating partner in the United States. Unfortunately, most parents do not broach the topic of dating violence with their children.  Teen dating violence...
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Stalking is a serious issue that can cause people physical and mental anguish. A stalker can make a person feel fearful with a pattern of unwanted behaviors, communication, and attention which leaves a person in a constant state of fear. By creating a sense of fear, a stalker can exert power over their victim and the behavior can even escalate to...
Human trafficking is not an issue that can be spotted very easily without some intentional observation. Individuals who are victimized by this crime are typically used for sex trafficking, labor trafficking, or both. People who are trafficked are modern-day slaves.  Individuals who are victims of human trafficking are typically used as forced sex...
Stalking is a serious concern for people of all backgrounds, demographics, cultural backgrounds, and socio-economic classes. While the criminal ramifications vary from state to state, stalking generally is any behavior that causes a person to feel fear. Stalking is not always violent, but is always a serious issue and can escalate over time.  How...
Every February, as a nation we celebrate Black History Month in order to commemorate the accomplishments and achievements of African-Americans.  Black History Month originated in 1915, 50 years after the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution abolished slavery following the Civil War. A Harvard-trained historian Carter G. Woodson and a prominent...
  One component of OneEighty services in a shelter that offers respite from intimate partner violence. Clients can reside in the OneEighty shelter for as long as they need to create a healthy situation for themselves and their children. The individuals who stay in the shelter often arrive with just a few items and as a result, face the burden of...
here are certain points in our lives when the world, the people in it, and our circumstances place a great demand on our time, money, and energy. In order to handle whatever life throws at us, it’s important to take care of ourselves.  Self-care can take on a variety of forms. For some people, getting a manicure or pedicure is a great self-care...
Volunteers play an important role at OneEighty and help us accomplish our mission of helping people change direction. Volunteers impact our community by building social networks and raising awareness for an organization. Volunteering can also better you as an individual. People who volunteer their time and money often have lower mortality rates,...