Help Prevent Child Abuse This April

Child Abuse Prevention Month is observed every year in the United States and is dedicated to raising awareness and preventing child abuse and neglect. Nearly 700,000 children in the United States are experiencing abuse every year. HCWC remains dedicated to ending violence in our communities and serves children through our children’s advocacy center, Roxanne’s House, which provides crucial services to children who need them. HCWC’s child advocates and prevention educators work year-round raising awareness about the dynamics of child abuse and promoting steps to prevent child abuse in our community.

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How to Listen. Believe. Support. This April

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, a national effort to raise public awareness about sexual assault and educate communities and individuals on how to prevent sexual violence.

Sexual assault is a pervasive and unfortunately common occurrence. 1 in 3 women and 1 in 6 men experienced some form of sexual violence in their lifetime. This means someone you know has likely been a victim of sexual assault.

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Back to School Tips: Creating Healthy Connections at School and at Home

By |Healthy Relationships|

1. Comfort your Child’s Bonding with their Teacher/s Children need to feel connected to an adult they believe will keep them safe. When they are not with their parents, they need to transfer their attachment focus to their teacher, otherwise they're too anxious to settle down and learn. If you notice your child doesn’t feel good about school: Contact the teacher immediately. Gracefully explain [...]

Back to School Tips: Engaging with Your Child

By |Healthy Relationships|

Parents, it’s back to school time again! You may be feeling a little excited and maybe a little sad that summer is over. Some kids feel nervous or a little scared on the first day of school because of all the new things such as new teachers, new friends, and maybe even a new school. Maybe you’re nervous as well. Luckily, these “new” [...]

Making Self-Care a Priority

By |Healthy Relationships, Self-Care|

Self-care is important to maintaining a healthy relationship with yourself. It means doing things to take care of your mind, body, and soul by engaging in activities that promote well-being and reduce stress. Doing so enhances your ability to live fully, vibrantly, and effectively. The practice of self-care also reminds yourself and others that your needs are priority. via GIPHY How [...]

Talking to Teens About Relationships

By |Healthy Relationships|

How are we preparing our children and teens for healthy relationships? Modeling healthy relationships is a great way we teach these behaviors. However, some teens fall victim to dating violence regardless of the relationships they see at home. Young people need to learn how to have healthy relationships. This involves skills like honesty, mutual respect, peaceful and direct communication, establishing boundaries, and empathy. It [...]

Internet Safety Tips for Teens & Parents

By |Child Abuse, Dating & Domestic Violence, Healthy Relationships|

With most teens accessing the internet from mobile devices, many parents want to know how they can keep their teens safe online. While many programs and apps are designed with parental locks and passwords, they don’t teach teens how to navigate the web safely. Using the internet safely is about understanding risks and is a skill young people will need for their adult [...]

LGBTQ Pride Month

By |Healthy Relationships|

Celebrating PRIDE June is Pride Month! What began as a day to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York City, a tipping point for the LGBTQ rights movement in the United States, has grown into a month-long celebration of equality, visibility, and diversity. This month, we are honoring pride by highlighting the specific issues and challenges those in LGBTQ relationships may experience. [...]

QUIZ: Consent or Coercion?

By |Quizzes|

In a healthy relationship, both people should feel comfortable with the level of physical activity occurring whether it be kissing, hugging, touching, or sex. Coercion comes in many different forms and no one should feel obligated or pressured into a sexual activity they don’t feel comfortable with. Consent is about permission; it is specific to the activity, freely given, and never assumed. When [...]

QUIZ: What Do You Know About Boundaries?

By |Quizzes|

Do you know when you're crossing a boundary or when someone crosses your boundaries? Boundaries are what we personally have to be able to define what we want and don’t want in any of our relationships. This can include with your partner, friends, or even family. Everyone has their own boundaries and it can be defined differently by each person, which is why [...]

When A Child Says #MeToo

By |Child Abuse, Sexual Assault|

For decades, we at HCWC have stressed the importance of believing survivors of sexual assault or relationship violence when they open up and tell their story. Talking to someone about abuse or trauma can be an overwhelming and incredibly vulnerable act, which is why it is so crucial not to shut someone down by offering suggestions about what a survivor could have done to avoid the [...]

Listen. Believe. Support.

By |Child Abuse, Dating & Domestic Violence, Healthy Relationships, Sexual Assault|

On October 15, 2017, actress Alyssa Milano tweeted, “If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet.” This tweet started a ripple effect of an infinite number of survivors and victims of sexual assault coming forward and sharing that they too had experienced sexual violence. Since then, the #MeToo movement has continuously grown and awareness has [...]

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

By |Sexual Assault|

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, a national effort to raise public awareness about sexual assault and educate communities and individuals on how to prevent sexual violence. 1 in 3 women and 1 in 6 men experienced some form of sexual violence in their lifetime. We can do better. Help us stop sexual violence before it starts. Get Educated [...]