Do you know the signs of an abusive relationship? This post can teach you. 

The power of the bystander! A mere bystander can shift a…

Do you know the signs of an abusive relationship? This post can teach you. 

The power of the bystander! A mere bystander can shift a culture. Teen Dating Violence. Collaboration & coordination to end human trafficking. Random and not-so-random acts of kindness. And more! 

Respect Week 2014: Almost 1 in 10 teens reports being physically abused by a boyfriend or girlfriend in the last year. In the U.S., 25 percent of high school girls have been abused physically or sexually. This week, Break the Cycle and the National Domestic Violence Hotline hosted Respect Week to raise awareness about teen dating violence. The awareness effort, part of Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, emphasized the message that love is respect. Participants were not only encouraged to share stats like those above, but also to know the warning signs of an abusive relationship. #RespectWeek2014 culminated in a digital thunderclap endorsed by 550 supporters, including NRS, which reached 368,107 people.

While Respect Week actions may have ended, NRS will be participating in Teen Dating Violence Awareness activities throughout February. Knowing stats is important, taking action is even more so. Check out this video on one campus’ effort to change the culture around sexual violence and learn what you can do as a bystander.

Human Trafficking: In the spirit of collaboration and coordination, NRS worked with numerous partners throughout the country to help raise awareness on a national level, while simultaneously promoting local events. We helped kick-off a statewide campaign against sex trafficking in Nevada, joined with the New Jersey Coalition Against Human Trafficking to make preparations for the Super Bowl, and worked with service providers help victims get out of danger and off the street.

Check out Nicholas Kristof’s look into the role Backpage plays in trafficking young girls. Backpage accounts for about 70 percent of prostitution advertising among five Web sites that carry such ads in the United States. “For a Web site like Backpage to make $22 million off our backs,” Alissa, a former prostitute explains, “it’s like going back to slave times.”

Random Acts of Kindness: This past week also celebrated Random Acts of Kindness, an annual event to pay compassion forward with little gestures. NRS would like to dedicate our involvement in this week’s activities to our volunteer crisis liners, everyday superheroes, who give their time, energy, and love each week to keep America’s youth safe & off the streets!

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