Teens, bullying and violence prevention workshop coming to Grailville

Loveland, OH—October 7, 2013. Join us October 10th from 2-5pm at Grailville Retreat & Program Center in Loveland as we begin the conversation on what we can do as a community to recognize and prevent the increase of violence affecting teens today. This will be an afternoon workshop of information and inspiration perfect for parents, coaches, teachers and school administrators, youth group and community leaders.

Did you know that the number of attempted suicides among teenagers has increased from 6.3% to 7.8% which reflects the trend of more teen suicides being reported as a result of bullying? Or that about 20% of high-schoolers said they'd been bullied while at school, and 16% said they'd been 'cyberbullied' through email, chat, instant messaging, social media or texting? (Figures cited per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).

As a parent, are you aware that although more than four in five parents (82%) feel confident that they could recognize the signs if their child was experiencing dating abuse, a majority of parents (58%) could not correctly identify all the warning signs of abuse? And that of the teens in an abusive relationships, fewer than one in three (32%) confide in their parents about their abusive relationship? (Figures cited per Futures Without Violence—formerly Family Violence Prevention Fund)

Beyond Steubenville is part of Grailville’s series—Inform/Empower/Change: A Community Approach to the Prevention of Violence Against Women & Girls. This series came from a coalescing of events: the 2013 Commission on the Status of Women meeting in New York, the Steubenville rape trial, and the suicides of Rehtaeh Parsons and Audrie Pott after being sexually assaulted and cyber-bullied.

When asked why this workshop was important for Loveland, Grailville’s Program Manager, Terrie Puckett replied, “Discussions with co-workers and community members revealed just how completely these particular crimes brought the issue of violence against women and girls to a personal level and also how paralyzed by the scope we felt.” She continued, “It is one thing to read about the lives of women under Taliban rule, or the millions of girls sold into the sex trade on a daily basis on the other side of the globe. But Steubenville…Steubenville is a town just like Loveland and literally thousands of other neighborhoods and communities across our region.”

The crimes committed in Steubenville—like those committed against Rehtaeh Parsons, Audrie Pott and Rebecca Ann Sedwick less than a month ago in Florida—brought into sharp relief the pervasive nature of the culture of violence and how desensitized to it we have become. To prevent another Steubenville we as community members need to understand what “culture of violence” means, what it “looks” like, how it plays out in the everyday aspects of our lives and how we can change it.

At Thursdays’ workshop you will
• hear from experts about bullying in our schools and teen dating violence,
• have the opportunity to share your experiences with—and learn from—other community members,
• earn CEUs, and
• hear from our LHS students THE most important information THEY think every adult should know.

Tickets are $20—register now at www.grailville.org!

Beyond Steubenville is presented in partnership with Grailville, the YWCA of Greater Cincinnati, Muslim Mothers Against Violence (an initiative of the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati) and Loveland High School's My Voice/My Choice student leaders.For questions regarding this program please contact Terrie Puckett at 683-2340 or tpuckett@grailville.org

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