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    Teens and Media: The Research Continues

    This week I had the opportunity to speak to a class taught by board member Preston Daniels. Discrimination and Diversity is a popular course at Des Moines Area Community College, and it was refreshing to see the nods of recognition of the pervasive gender stereotypes presented in the media. We realize that rigid gender roles […]

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    Domestic Violence Awareness Month

    For over 35 years, we have recognized Domestic Violence Awareness Month every October. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the term includes physical violence, sexual violence, psychological violence, and emotional abuse. It is estimated that about 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner or family member in the United […]

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    Child Abuse Resources

    With the recent tragic deaths of 2 young women in foster care, we can wonder where in the “system” were the failures that led to these tragedies.  Data published by the American Journal of Public Health reported that by the time children in this country reach age 18, one in three has come in contact […]

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    April is the Month to Recognize and Prevent Sexual Assault

    As you know, April is the month to recognize and prevent sexual assault. According to the Iowa Department of Human Rights, an American is sexually assaulted every 98 seconds.  Its definition is: Sexual assault is any sexual activity where consent is not given freely. This includes cases where the survivor is unable to give their […]

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    Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention

    February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month – which emphasizes the importance of Chrysalis’ partnership with Mercy Medical Center to deliver GirlPower, the healthy relationship/violence prevention lessons for girls in Chrysalis After-School (CAS) programs. We developed GirlPower several years ago, after a series of community violence prevention gatherings (convened by Mercy Medical […]

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    “This Is What It Feels Like”

    Catcalling is something girls and women have long endured.   But in a new art exhibit, “This Is What It Feels Like” (its opening panel appears to the left) has received a powerful response from men who left the exhibit in tears – and with new empathy for what women and girls are subjected to […]

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    “A Typical American Girl” Today

    When Chrysalis shares information with others about what it’s like to be a “typical American girl” today, here are some of the sobering statistics given: WE ARE CONSTANTLY TOLD THAT TO BE “ACCEPTABLE,” WE MUST BE YOUNG, THIN, WHITE – OR AT LEAST LIGHT-SKINNED – PERFECTLY MADE UP, SEXY, AND APPEALING TO MEN…A MESSAGE MOST […]

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    Chrysalis’ Work in Responding To and Preventing Youth Violence

    Youth violence is the 3rd leading cause of death for young people ages 15 to 24. The CDC defines youth violence as the “intentional use of physical force or power by a young person between the ages of 10 and 24 to threaten or harm other people.  Young people’s involvement can be as perpetrators, victims, […]

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    Women and Heroin Addiction

    Earlier this month, we heard from Chrysalis grantees that the newest and most  difficult problem they face in the women and girls they serve is addiction to heroin.  Heroin is in a class of drugs known as opioids, which include prescription pain relievers oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine, and fentanyl.  They work on a naturally occurring […]

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    How Prevalent is Domestic Violence? Too Prevalent!

    As you may know, October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, created by the National Coalition of Domestic Violence after the Day of Unity (held in 1981) became an entire week of activities working to end violence against women and children. The first month long recognition was observed in 1987, the same year that the first […]

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