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"February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month! Teen DV Month (sometimes called TDVAM) is a national effort to raise awareness about abuse in teen and 20-something relationships and promote programs that prevent it.
Dating violence is more common than many people think. One in three teens in the U.S. will experience physical, sexual or emotional abuse by someone they are in a relationship with before they become adults. Help us spread awareness and stop dating abuse before it starts!" - Love Is Respect

Contact Hannah (information below) if you are interested in hosting a TDVAM program in February! 
Click here for ideas for activities during TDVAM!
February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month!
This newsletter has been created to share resources and knowledge for education professionals working with teens. It's topics include healthy relationships, teen dating abuse, sexual assault, and resources. 
Hannah DiPasquale
Prevention Program Coordinator
  3800 N Washington
Stillwater, OK 74075
Office: (405) 372-9922
CRISIS LINE: (405) 624-3020
Home Website
Program: Coaching Boys Into Men
Athletic coaches play an extremely influential and unique role in the lives of young men. Because of these relationships, coaches are poised to positively influence how young men think and behave, both on and off the field. Coaching Boys Into Men (CBIM) is the only evidence-based prevention program that trains and motivates high school coaches to teach their young male athletes healthy relationship skills and that violence never equals strength.
In 2012, Coaching Boys Into Men underwent a rigorous three year evaluation in Sacramento, California funded by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The study found that athletes who participated in the program were significantly more likely to intervene when witnessing abusive or disrespectful behaviors among their peers, and were also more likely to report less abuse perpetration.
Click here to learn more about Coaching Boys Into Men!
Program: Athletes As Leaders
Athletes As Leaders™ (originally Student Leaders & Athletic Youth) is a program for high school athletes on girls’ sports teams.  The program aims to empower female-identified youth to take an active role in promoting healthy relationships and ending sexual violence. Athletes are encouraged to be leaders in changing social norms at the school to a culture of safety and respect.
Click here to learn more about Athletes As Leaders!
#MeToo - The Silence Breakers
TIME Magazine has awarded Person of the Year to the #MeToo movement. What started out as a hashtag has become the rallying cry of anyone who has experienced sexual harassment, sexual assault, or any other unwanted and non-consensual behavior. 
Click here to read the full article from TIME.
January is Stalking Awareness Month! Here are some warning signs of stalking:
- Your child is being overly worried or paranoid.
- Your child is experiencing mood swings.
- Your child is receiving excessive and unwanted contact soon after meeting someone for the first time.
- Someone invades your child's personal space early on in the relationship.
- Someone is being very clingy, is insisting on going everywhere with your child, or is always asking where they are going next.

Read the full article here!
Wings of Hope encourages victims to speak up about sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic violence, or anything else they are experiencing. Wings of Hope believes ALL survivors. Click here to watch a video and learn more about what Wings of Hope does!
Click here for more warning signs on stalking and what to do if you or someone you know is being stalked!
Click here for an article about online stalking!
- Wings of Hope provided safe shelter and victim services to 191 women and children.
- 286 victims sought counseling services.
- We provided childcare services to 139 children.
- Our 24 HOUR Crisis Helpline answered 6,084 calls.
- Sexual Assault Response Advocates supported 94 victims of rape during their sexual assault nurse exams.
Suicide Prevention Conference:
This conference will provide participants with a showcase of emerging research, and programs in the suicide prevention field. In addressing the complexity of suicide in our communities, emphasis will also be placed on building resources for professionals and families. Participants will hear from local and national experts in the field of suicide prevention in who have discovered and developed ways to find hope through a variety of sources.
Registration for this conference is $150 and can be completed here!
Behind the Post

Social media can mask what is really happening in life outside of the perfect pictures posted. This short film shows the unhealthy relationship that could be going on behind the post.

Video can be found here.
Stalking: Know it. Name it. Stop it.
Read the full article from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention here!
"Stalking involves a pattern of harassing or threatening tactics that are both unwanted and causes fear or safety concerns in the victim. These behaviors can come in the form of threatening phone calls, text messages, spying, or showing up at the victim’s home or workplace, and leaving unwanted gifts or cards."