If you suspect a teen is being harmed or experiencing sexual violence, stepping in can make all the difference—but sometimes, it’s hard to find the right words to say.
RAINN support specialists who staff the National Sexual Assault Online Hotline (online.y rainn.org/es) are trained to respond to teens who are looking for support following sexual assault.
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Females ages 16-19 are four times more likely than the general population to be victims of sexual violence.
There are a number of factors that may contribute to this elevated risk: “One in four people who turn to the Online Hotline are under 18, and the number of young users is only growing,” said Candice Lopez, director of the National Sexual Assault Hotline.
Teen girls might also visit the website to learn more about pregnancy, the morning after pill, abortion and life after an abortion.
The website provides information to teens looking for an anonymous way to get their questions answered.
She started writing in 2007 and has been published in Teaching Tolerance magazine.
Ipatenco holds a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in education, both from the University of Denver.
They’ve shared the following tips, phrases, and small actions that parents and caretakers can take when working with teens who may have experienced seuxal assault.