The first and perhaps most important step to prevent SV is AWARENESS! It’s important to educate yourself and others, especially children, on how to protect themselves by learning about personal safety and appropriate boundaries.
The second most important thing to understand about SV is that no one can or should try to resolve the issue alone. Even if you are the victim or not, it is important to depend on others (e.g., family members, friends, child care providers, and teachers) and ask for help in order to keep yourself and others safe.
Below are some awesome resources for teens to TAKE ACTION!
Love is Respect
Love is Respect is the ultimate resource to engage, educate and empower youth and young adults to prevent and end abusive relationships.
Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month
TDVAM online hub for all national activities and promotion of Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month in February, as well as the home of Break the Cycle and loveisrespect's annual public awareness campaign for TDVAM. The website offers resources for youth, adults and communities that want to plan awareness-raising activities in February.
Girl Fest Hawaii
Girl Fest's mission is to prevent violence against women and girls through education and art. Currently, we are Hawaii’s longest-running all-volunteer anti-violence multimedia festival. Girl Fest incorporates music, film, art, dance and spoken word to get its message out to the public.
Joyful Heart Foundation
The Joyful Heart Foundation represents the collective thought and care of many writers, advocates, photographers and survivors sharing their wisdom and creativity about sexual assault prevention. This site was created to heal, educate and empower survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse, and to shed light into the darkness that surrounds these issues.
Also JOYFUL HEART has a local chapter that you can call: 808.531.3520
Start Strong: Building Healthy Teen Relationships
The Start Strong website is geared toward educators, mentors, or parents with the will to make a difference in their schools or communities and help start middle schoolers on the road to healthy relationships.
Start Strong is a national program to promote healthy relationships among 11- to 14-year-olds and identify promising ways to prevent teen dating violence. The core components of this program are to i) educate and engage youth in schools and out of school settings; ii) educate and engage teen influencers such as parents/caregivers, older teens, teachers and other mentors; iii) change policy and environmental factors; and iv) implement effective communications/social marketing strategies.
Through Girls Inc. Project BOLD® , girls learn skills and strategies to lead safer lives in their homes, in relationships, in their communities, and online. Girls learn specific self-defense techniques and how to seek out and talk to caring adults about personal and gender-based violence. Older girls also take on a community action project to advocate for a safer world for all women and girls. Please, also visit: http://www.girlsinc.org
Stop It Now!
Since 1992 Stop It Now! has been preventing the sexual abuse of children by helping adults, families and communities take actions that keep kids safe - especially before they are ever harmed.
Women’s Funding Network
The Women’s Funding Network is global network and a movement for social justice for women. In their website they also provide the tools to take action to prevent and end domestic minor sex trafficking in the U.S.
The Human Rights Campaign HRC works to provide tools and facilitate connections with other LGBTQ student activists across the country and empower youth to fight for LGBTQ equality on campus and beyond. This is your link to the tools, connections and contacts you need to accomplish the goals of the queer community on your campus.