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    Culture Shift: Dealing with Toxic Masculinity

    The world bombards us with destructive and confusing messages about how we should behave, what we should look like, and what emotions we are allowed to have. More often than not, these stereotypes are based on gender: those identifying as male are seem as being strong, aggressive, and unemotional while those identifying as female typified […]

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    Toxic Masculinity

    Can masculinity be toxic?  The concept of toxic masculinity is used by psychologists to describe certain traditional norms of behavior that are associated harm – to society and to men themselves. At some point in our lives we have all been told to “man up,” toughen up,” “don’t be a softie,” or “win at all […]

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    February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

    Chrysalis has long invested in a variety of violence prevention and awareness efforts and the organizations that deliver these services in Greater Des Moines. In 2013, Chrysalis partnered with Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines to create GirlPower, a Chrysalis After-School program intervention component that focuses on reducing dating and relationship violence among girls. Each […]

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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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    Let Her Learn

    Across the country, girls are being pushed out of school.  So says a campaign by the National Women’s Law Center entitled Let Her Learn. Often, the problems begin with school suspension for what are considered “disciplinary” issues, leading to lost class time, falling behind, and dropping out.  But a majority of times, research concludes that […]

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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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    Louise Rosenfield Noun, March 7, 1908-August 23, 2002

    Happy Birthday Louise! I never had the chance to thank you. In 1997, you hired me as the first executive director for Chrysalis, and I am grateful to you every day. You were the first person to ask me if I was a “feminist.” You taught me to stand up for what I believe. To […]

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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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