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Respect for Others

iknowmine staff - Sunday, February 14, 2016

Respect for Others is a traditional Iñupiaq value which is shared by many Alaska Native cultures in Alaska. This is a value that we should remember as we commemorate Teen Dating Violence Awareness this month.

At iknowmine.org we would like to do our part in recognizing Teen Dating Violence (DV) Awareness Month. #teenDVmonth is a national effort to raise awareness about abuse in relationships. We can prevent violence and abuse by educating ourselves and others about the topics.

Abuse can happened to anyone and it is more than physical harm done to a person; it occurs in many forms including emotional, physical, sexual, and more (for more information on abuse, visit here).

Unfortunately violence is common in Alaska— almost 1 in 10 youth in the past year experienced physical dating violence (including being hit, slammed into something, or injured with an object or weapon. And, 1 in 10 youth experienced sexual dating violence (any unwanted touching, kissing, or sexual contact is sexual violence).

With #teenDVmonth in mind, we at iknowmine want you to know that, if you or anyone you know is experiencing abuse, we are here to help!

We are excited to announce that we will distribute free healthy relationship posters at our store. The posters hold our safety cards and they can be distributed anywhere from clinics to schools to community buildings.

Remember, if you have or are experiencing harm, it is not your fault. You are not alone—there is help!

Remember, Respect for Others also means mutual consent in engaging in a sexual relationship.  For information on one topic about safety and sex, check out this video above or check our section on safe dating, abuse, and helping a friend.

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Author

Jaclynne Richards, “Qalukisaq”, is a proud Iñupiaq from Kiana, AK and currently works as a Community Outreach Specialist for the HIV/STD Prevention Program.