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February 13th, 2018

Help Raise Awareness of Teen Dating Violence in February #TDVM

By Jae Williams Feb. 13, 2018—St. Louis, MO   For young people, the teenage years are a time of exploration, navigating the gap between childhood and young adulthood. There are new responsibilities, pressures, and experiences. Romance and dating relationships are a part of this unique phase of life. However, these same relationships can change dramatically Read More…

June 20th, 2017
Posted in Prevention, Teen

Meet Roosevelt Gilmore, Prevention Educator for Guys Groups

Where did you go to school, and what did you study? I attended Florida International University (FIU) and majored in Psychology. What do you love about working at Safe Connections? I like the importance of self-care that is promoted at Safe Connections. It’s good to come to work and know that your health is valued Read More…

May 12th, 2017

13 Reasons Why Not

The Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why, has been stirring up controversy ever since it’s release. Some experts are saying that its graphic displays of suicide and rape are not only triggering, but dangerous, especially considering the target audience is young adults. Please use self-care when choosing what TV shows and movies to watch. Stories of Read More…

February 4th, 2016

Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

Am I really at risk for dating violence? Hey there! I’m Katie, an intern at Safe Connections. I was assigned a story on teen dating violence, and was shocked when I started looking up the facts. I’m 22 and I didn’t realize just how many people my age were in unhealthy relationships. Young women ages 16-24 Read More…

January 19th, 2016

Yoga For Teens

Have you been looking for a chance to get your namaste on? We are super excited to announce that we are bringing back our trauma-informed yoga group for teens. Trauma affects how survivors experience their bodies, and can make it difficult to feel at rest. Yoga can help you reconnect with your body as well as Read More…

December 18th, 2015
Posted in Teen

Instagram with #SafeConnections!

Recently, our prevention educators had some students show their love for Safe Connections on Instagram. By talking about what healthy masculinity means to them, they could show what they learned through our prevention education programs, and express themselves outside of society’s typical gender stereotypes. Follow along and join in on the conversation with the hashtags #SafeConnections, Read More…

February 12th, 2014
Posted in Resources, Teen

Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Please help spread the word that Safe Connections has many free education programs to help prevent Teen Dating Violence (TDV) and other free counseling to help teen victims. To teens who have experienced any form of dating violence, we offer free one-on-one counseling here at our offices as well Read More…

October 1st, 2013
Posted in Teen

Local and Online Resources for Adolescents

Helplines / Hotlines Safe Connections 24-Hour Helpline – 314.531.2003 Youth In Need 24 Hour Help Line – 636.946.3771 National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline – 888.331.9474 Kids Under Twenty One (KUTO) – 314.644.5886 Child Abuse Hotline – 800.392.3738 St. Louis Regional Sexual Assault Hotline – 314.531.7273 Life Crisis—Suicide/Crisis Hotline – 314.647.4357 Domestic Violence and Rape Hotline Read More…

September 30th, 2013
Posted in Teen

Teen Dating by the Numbers

Approximately 1 in 5 high school girls reports being abused by a boyfriend. – Silverman, J. G., Raj, A., Mucci, L. A., & Hathaway, J. E. (2001). Dating violence against adolescent girls and associated substance use, unhealthy weight control, sexual risk behavior, pregnancy and suicidality. JAMA, 286(5). 1 in 3 female teenagers in a dating relationship Read More…

September 30th, 2013
Posted in Teen

Homeless and Runaway Youth

Living life as a homeless, throwaway or runaway teen is as real as it gets. Any stability of living within four walls and a roof, with responsible adults and basic needs like food and warmth met become can be much more difficult to obtain, and the risks of injury, accident, illness and violence may rise Read More…