Domestic violence can take many forms outside of physical abuse. Sexual harassment, assault, stalking and criminal mischief are just a few ways victims experience domestic violence. However, domestic violence can also occur in the cyber world.
Informing your children about the dangers of sexual assault is a difficult conversation to have. Our children are innocent. It is difficult to bring up such a serious problem. Unfortunately, we also live in a world where it is essential to help children protect themselves. While accurate statistics are hard to come by, it is estimated that 20 percent of girls and 10 percent of boys are sexually assaulted before the age of 18.
Domestic abuse is not limited to age, gender, finances, culture, race or marital status. It can happen to anyone - and it happens all too frequently. February is teen dating violence awareness month, and organizations across the country are raising awareness about teen dating violence, from assault and rape to abusive relationships of all types. Education regarding teen dating violence is integral in preventing a problem that continues to devastate families across the country.
For the past few months, allegations of sexual harassment and assault against profile celebrities and officials have dominated national headlines and social media. The ensuing #MeToo Twitter trend provided a platform for the world to speak out about sexual assault. Many of these sexual harassment and assault allegations occurred in a workplace setting where both men and women can be particularly vulnerable.
As many as one-third of all women and one-quarter of all men will experience domestic abuse in their lifetimes. As part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we thought it would be helpful to answer some questions about protection from abuse orders. Commonly referred to as restraining orders, these are civil orders issued by judges to help prevent violence between intimate partners and family members.