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New Data About Teen Relationship Abuse…

Every couple of years, we update our fact sheet on teen dating violence and forced sex when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Adolescent and School Health releases their national, state, and local Youth Risk Behavior Survey results. This survey includes a lot of key information that is relevant to those who work with youth in Chicago and Illinois.

Full 2013 survey results can be found here.

Our updated 2013 fact sheet about teen relationship violence and forced sex can be downloaded HERE (PDF).

For the first time, the YRBS has broken out the dating violence questions into physical and sexual dating violence. This is distinct from the forced sexual intercourse question.

Physical Dating Violence
Among the 73.9% of students nationwide who dated or went out with someone during the 12 months before the survey, 10.3% had been hit, slammed into something, or injured with an object or weapon on purpose by someone they were dating or going out with one or more times during the 12 months before the survey (i.e., physical dating violence).

The prevalence of physical dating violence was higher among female (13.0%) than male (7.4%) students.

The prevalence of physical dating violence was higher among Hispanic (10.4%) and Black (10.3%) than white (9.7%) students; and higher among white female (12.9%), black female (12.3%), and Hispanic female (13.6%) than white male (6.4%), black male (8.2%), and Hispanic male (7.0%) students, respectively.

Across 38 states, the prevalence of physical dating violence ranged from 7.0% to 14.8% (median: 9.6%). Across 20 large urban school districts, the prevalence ranged from 7.4% to 16.8% (median: 9.4%).

Sexual Dating Violence
Among the 73.9% of students nationwide who dated or went out with someone during the 12 months before the survey, 10.4% of students had been kissed, touched, or physically forced to have sexual intercourse when they did not want to by someone they were dating or going out with one or more times during the 12 months before the survey (i.e., sexual dating violence).

The prevalence of sexual dating violence was higher among female (14.4%) than male (6.2%) students.

The prevalence of sexual dating violence was higher among Hispanic (11.5%) and white (9.8%) than Black (8.9%) students; and higher among white female (14.6%) and Hispanic female (16.0%) than white male (4.8%) and Hispanic male (6.7%) students, respectively;

The prevalence of sexual dating violence was higher among white female (14.6%) and Hispanic female (16.0%) than black female (8.8%) students and higher among black male (8.9%) than white male (4.8%) and Hispanic male (6.7%) students.

Across 31 states, the prevalence of sexual dating violence ranged from 7.8% to 13.8% (median: 10.5%). Across 17 large urban school districts, the prevalence ranged from 8.0% to 13.0% (median: 9.9%).

Read the fact sheet HERE (PDF) to get information specific to Illinois and Chicago.

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Posted by on July 24, 2014 in Data, Resources, Sexual assault, Violence

 

A Black Girl Reader

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In June 2013, a group of women gathered to discuss the issues that affect Black girls in Chicagoland.  The event was titled “Black Girls Under Fire.” We talked about the various ways young Black women and girls are adversely impacted by institutional and personal violence. From this meeting, we have developed a Black Women’s Grassroots Think Tank. We will have more information about this project in the future. In the meantime, we would like to offer a list of readings about young Black women & girls that we have compiled. This, of course, is not a comprehensive list! In addition, we would welcome your suggestions of other texts that we should include on the list.

Black Girls Reader
(August 2013)

Brown, Jamila Aisha. “If Trayvon Martin had been a woman ….” The Guardian. July 12, 2013.

Brown, Ruth Nicole. Black Girlhood Celebration: Toward a Hip-Hop Feminist Pedagogy. Peter Lang Pub Incorporated, 2008.

Carroll, Rebecca. Sugar in the Raw: Voices of Young Black Girls in America. Three Rivers Press, 1997.

Cooper, Brittney. “Dark-skinned and plus-sized: The real Rachel Jeantel story.” The Salon. June 28, 2013. <http://www.salon.com/2013/06/28/did_anyone_really_hear_rachel_jeantel/&gt;.

Cooper, Brittney. “Does anyone care about black women?” The Salon. August 15, 2013. <http://www.salon.com/2013/08/15/really_russell_simmons_a_harriet_tubman_sex_tape/&gt;.

Costigan, Catherine L., Cauce, Ana Mari, and Etchison, Kenyatta. “Changes in African-American Mother-Daughter Relationships During Adolescence: Conflict, Autonomy, and Warmth.  in Urban Girls Revisited: Building Strengths. Edited by Leadbeater-Ross, Bonnie J & Way, Niobe. New York University Press, 2007.

Dohrn, Bernardine. “All Ellas: Girls Locked Up.” Feminist Studies 30.2 (2004): 302-24.

Gaunt, Kyra D. The Games Black Girls Play: Learning the Ropes from Double-Dutch to Hip-Hop.  New York University Press, 2006.

French, Bryana H., and Helen A. Neville. “Black Teenage Girls’ Experiences with Sexual Coercion.” Black Women, Gender + Families 2.2 (2008): 77-98.

Hannon, Lance, Robert DeFina, and Sarah Bruch. “The Relationship between Skin Tone and School Suspension for African Americans.” Work in progress ed., 2013.

Hirsch, Barton J., et al. “Inner-City Youth Development Organizations: Strengthening Programs for Adolescent Girls.” The Journal of Early Adolescence 20.2 (2000): 210-30.

Jones, Nikki. “It’s about being a survivor…”: African American Girls, Gender, and the Context of Inner-City Violence. in Fighting for Girls: New Perspectives on Gender and Violence. Edited by Chesney-Lind, Meda & Jones, Nikki. State University of New York Press, 2010.

Jones, Nikki. Between Good and Ghetto: African American Girls and Inner-City Violence. Rutgers University Press, 2010.

Miller, Jody. Getting Played: African American Girls, Urban Inequality, and Gendered Violence. New York University Press, 2008.

Morris, Monique W. “Race, Gender and the School-to-Prison Pipeline: Expanding our Discussion to Inclusion.” Washington, DC: African American Policy Forum, 2012.

Ness, Cindy D. Why Girls Fight: Female Youth Violence in the Inner City. New York University Press, 2010.

Phillips, Lynn M. Speak for Yourself: What Girls Say about What Girls Need. Chicago. 2002.

Sharpley-Whiting, T. Denean. Pimps Up, Ho’s Down: Hip Hop’s Hold on Young Black Women. New York University Press, 2007.

Smith, Jada Pinkett, and Donyelle Kennedy-McCullough. Girls Hold Up this World. New York: Cartwheel, 2004.

Stevens, J. W. Smart and Sassy: The Strengths of Inner-City Black Girls. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.

Tyler, Rosaland. “Helping Black Girls Grow Up Safely.” New Journal and Guide. 2013.< http://www.thenewjournalandguide.com/en/commentary/item/2769-helping-black-girls-grow-up-safely>

Wabuke, Hope. “But What About The Children?” The Feminist Wire. July 19, 2013.

Ward, Janie V. “Raising Resisters: The Role of Truth Telling in the Psychological Development of African American Girls.” in Construction Sites: Excavating Race, Class, and Gender among Urban Youth. Edited by Weis, Lois & Fine, Michelle. Teachers College Press, 2000.

Ward, Janie V. “Uncovering Truth, Recovering Lives: Lessons of Resistance in the Socialization of Black Girls.” in Urban Girls Revisited: Building Strengths. Edited by Leadbeater-Ross, Bonnie J & Way, Niobe. New York University Press, 2007.

Weeks, Debbie. “Where My Girls At? Black Girls and the Construction of the Sexual.” in All About the Girl: Culture, Power, and Identity. Edited by Harris, Anita. Routledge, 2004.

White, Renee T. “In the Name of Love and Survival: Interpretations of Sexual Violence among Young Black American Women. in Spoils of War: Women of Color, Cultures, and Revolutions. Edited by Sharpley-Whiting, T. Denean & White, Renee T.  Rowan & Littlefield Inc, 1997.

Williams, Tania. “[ENOUGH] ‘I’ve Witnessed a Lot’.” Ebony. April 22, 2013 <http://www.ebony.com/news-views/enough-ive-witnessed-a-lot-003#axzz2cCEfv2Q2&gt;.

Winn, Maisha T. Girl Time: Literacy, Justice, and the School-to-Prison Pipeline. Teaching for Social Justice. New York: Teachers College Press, 2011.

 
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Posted by on August 17, 2013 in Resources

 

Reframing the Discourse on Teen Pregnancy: Resource List

Last September, we hosted (along with our allies) a two-day conference about violence in the lives of Chicago girls and young women.  As part of this event, Katy Groves & Chez Rumpf offered a workshop about our need to reframe the discourse on teen pregnancy.

Below is a description of their workshop:

Title: Baby College for All
Facilitators: Katy Groves (Youth Service Project) and Chez Rumpf (Center for Urban Research and Learning, Loyola University and Project NIA)

This workshop seeks to shift the framework around teen pregnancy and parenting. Pregnant and parenting teen girls often are pathologized as deviant young people who have become pregnant as a result of their personal deficiencies and problems. As such, services targeting these young women often attempt to “fix” or “reform” them through individual-level interventions. This workshop will engage participants in imagining ways to de-stigmatize teen pregnancy and parenting. Rather than frame teen pregnancy as a life-ending event that shoulders young women with insurmountable barriers, we will consider how to create structural supports for young mothers and how to cultivate a culture that places a high value on children.

Using a popular education approach, facilitators will lead participants through an activity to identify the current stigma and pathologizing discourse about teen pregnancy and to investigate the causes and consequences of this stigma. Through another activity, facilitators and participants will explore the historical evolution of this stigma. The workshop will close with a visioning exercise to develop concrete strategies to foster a sense of communal responsibility for children.

At the end of the workshop, participants will leave with:
• an understanding of the historical development of current discourses about teen pregnancy
• a critical assessment of these discourses
• ideas about how to create supportive environments for teen parents and their children

You can find an excellent resource list that they handed out to workshop participants here.

 
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Posted by on March 8, 2013 in Public policy, Racism, Resources, Violence

 

New Resource: Media Toolkit for Local and National Journalists

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                                  October 24, 2012

THE CHICAGO TASKFORCE ON VIOLENCE AGAINST GIRLS & YOUNG WOMEN PUBLISHES A MEDIA TOOLKIT FOR LOCAL AND NATIONAL JOURNALISTS TO BETTER MEDIA COVERAGE

Contact: Claudia Garcia –Rojas: chitaskforce@gmail.com

CHICAGO:  The Chicago Taskforce on Violence Against Girls and Young Women publishes a Media Toolkit to disseminate to members of the press. Reporting on Rape and Sexual Violence: A Media Toolkit for Local and National Journalists To Better Media Coverage addresses common issues stemming from how media currently structures news around rape and sexual violence, and how journalists can better report on these issues. The Toolkit provides concrete facts about the problem of violence against girls and young women; suggestions about issues to be covered regarding violence against girls, including the Taskforce’s recommendations of use of language, ways to end violence, and information about key organizations. This Toolkit is not only necessary for helping address the ever-deepening stigma around rape and sexual violence, but a critical and timely resource to address the pervasiveness of rape culture in society. Mariame Kaba, Co-Founder of The Chicago Taskforce states, “Media portrayals about sexual and domestic violence in the lives of young women contribute to raising public consciousness about these serious and important issues.  It is important that these portrayals be accurate and well-informed.  We believe that this toolkit will help to inform those who are responsible for telling these stories.”

Sharmili Majmudar, Executive Director of Rape Victim Advocates adds that,  “One of the results of recent attention in the media on sexual violence is a greater opportunity to have a public dialogue and replace often victim-blaming myths with education.  However, if the reporting itself is inadvertently based on those myths, not only is the opportunity lost, but the victim-blaming continues unchecked and the public remains uninformed.

Through our work at Rape Victim Advocates, we see how language is crucial in creating and sometimes reinforcing decades-old cultural beliefs about sexual violence.  This Toolkit provides timely, easy to use guidelines that allow journalists to honor their ethical obligation to be unbiased and write with accurate language about sexual violence, whether they are a crime beat reporter or an investigative journalist.”

The Chicago Taskforce on Violence Against Girls & Young Women was founded to develop a comprehensive, citywide approach to ending violence against girls. Established in fall 2009, the Taskforce unites stakeholders from across Chicago to address the question: What conditions need to exist locally and statewide to end violence against girls and young women?

The Taskforce has become a central space to bring together practitioners and policy advocates with the goal of developing a comprehensive strategy to end violence against girls and young women.   The Taskforce has released papers and data analyses to develop the field and draw attention to the issue, brought together hundreds of organizational representatives in discussions, raised the issue with public officials such as the Cook County Women’s Commission, and begun to build a stronger infrastructure for supporting girls’ safety in Chicago. Additional data analyses and reports can be found at http://chitakforce.org.

 
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Posted by on October 24, 2012 in Media, Resources, Violence

 

Chicago LGBT youth resource guide

Lara Brooks at the Broadway Youth Center has shared this great resource guide for LGBT youth in Chicago.  It includes community organizing groups that engage LGBT youth as leaders; resources that provide support in dealing with the criminal legal system; street outreach, housing and drop-in programs; and a syringe exchange program.

The Broadway Youth Center is one of the groups featured on our website and online report, for their work to engage transgender young women through TWISTA.  If you’d like to read more about their services, here is a guide to what BYC does.

So often, young people don’t know where to turn for help, and adults at our agencies don’t know what to suggest.  The Taskforce wants to help connect all of our work, to make Chicago safer for young people.  If your program has created similar resource guides that you would like to share, please email us at chitaskforce@gmail.com.

 
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Posted by on March 9, 2011 in LGBTQ, Resources