Remember, abuse starts small and grows into something ugly. If you are seeing the signs of an abusive relationship developing in the life of your friend—or your child—you can help.Anyone: Witnessing violence is always a reason to call 911. Your taking action may keep someone alive and safe. If you’re a teen facing pregnancy or parenting young children, call or text us today to start turning your relationships around.According to the director of the Centers for Disease Control, who spoke that day, one in 30 baby boomers has Hepatitis C. Since Hepatitis C was only identified in 1989, there was no long-term data., I thought. But as it turns out, I was pretty much the last one to do so.Forty percent of those people will die of the virus, at an average age of 59. I made it all the way to 2011, and then the outlandishly good health I had enjoyed all my life started to crumble. My blood counts plummeted and my spleen swelled to three times its normal size. The drugs now available for Hepatitis C have a 96 percent cure rate.
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Your instincts are key, according to Tammy Pitzl of Wo Men’s Rural Advocacy Program (WRAP) “If you don’t feel safe,” Pitzl says, “there is reason to question [your relationship]. Pitzl says the adult you pick should “be confidential, make you feel safe, and not judge—whether that be a parent, school counselor, or teacher.” Pitzl says she and her teammates are willing to be the ones you call, too. For 24/7 access to adult help anywhere in Minnesota, you can also call Day One Crisis Line. Teens: Enlist an adult, such as a school counselor, teacher, or staff member to act on behalf of your friend.
If it’s hard to know whether your problems are big or small, that’s where #3 comes in. Parents: Watch for changes in your child’s behavior, dress, social interactions, or mood.
Does something about your romantic relationship just feel wrong? This person you “fell in love with” has now become something less than a friend. Maybe they make you feel guilty for hanging out with your friends or family. You tell yourself, “It must be my fault.” Or, “It’s because of their bad family situation,” or . Don’t second-guess a question.” Though you may be tempted to blame yourself for the abusive way your partner treats you, you know abuse is wrong. They can help you get immediate assistance if necessary, or help you solve smaller problems before they become big ones. If you see abuse taking place, learn what to do to help.
Do you find yourself trying to excuse their mean behavior? But when you’re honest with yourself, you know this person is not treating you right. If you feel threatened, there’s reason to question. A trustworthy adult can listen to your concerns and help you evaluate your situation. Be available even if your friend seems to be isolated from you.
The app answers questions that they may be too afraid to ask and includes interactive tools to help them learn about their relationship and to connect with a counselor if they need someone to talk to.