Physical Safety

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Dating Violence

If you think you’re in an abusive relationship or have a friend who is, learn the difference between a healthy and an unhealthy relationship, and the warning signs of a relationship that might turn violent.
Call, text, or chat 24/7 with LoveisRespect.org. Or take a quiz on a topic related to healthy relationships and dating violence.

Bullying

Bullies try to make you feel small, weak, hurt, humiliated, afraid, and helpless. Unfortunately, some youth are easily bullied for various reasons—because, they look different, they’re not with the “in” crowd, or just because they look like an easy target that won’t fight back.

What is bullying & what do you do about it?
Find out about the different types of bullying, how to prevent it, respond to it, and get help at stopbullying.gov.

Are you being bullied on social media?
You can report it and get help. Learn how on wordswound.org

Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is sometimes called “modern day slavery”. There are two main forms of trafficking, labor trafficking and sex trafficking. Either way, someone is forcing you to make money for them and giving you little or nothing in return. Youth coming out of the foster care system are especially vulnerable to traffickers who lure them with the promise of food, warmth, and even false love. Learn more about human trafficking on the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, understanding human trafficking page.

If you are a victim or suspect that someone else is a victim of human trafficking, it is important to find help by contacting the Human Trafficking Hotline. This free hotline is available to answer calls and texts from anywhere in the country, 24/7. Text BeFREE (233733) or call 1-888-373-7888.

http://www.againstourwill.org. This site, created by MTV and other organizations, has some very meaningful videos and stories of sex and labor trafficking, including “Hair Salon” a video that makes you think about labor trafficking.

Sex Trafficking

Sex trafficking involves children or adults being controlled and sold to others for sex against their will. Victims are threatened, lied to, and beaten by traffickers and pimps, who control their money.

  • Amy's Choice: Hear the true story of a 15-year-old girl who left home to meet in person with a man she first "met" online. He promised to “take care of” her.
  • Survivor Diaries: Ryan and Noah share their stories to show that online victimization can happen to boys too.
  • Julie's Journey: Julie talks about when she left home for three weeks with a convicted murderer she had developed a relationship with online.