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Mike Domitrz, CSP
The Center for Respect, Inc.
P.O. Box 269
Mukwonago, WI 53149-0269
Let’s start by holding Todd Akin accountable. In his role as a representative, do not let him do further harm to survivors. Todd Akin serves on multiple committees including the Budget Committee. Contact your politicians today and ask: “Please vote to remove Todd Akin from all committee positions which could impact funding and/or programming concerning sexual assault, including committees involving the U.S. Military. Show survivors around the world that our Congress will not tolerate such cruelty to survivors of sexual assault.”
Walking off the stage after delivering the “Can I Kiss You?” program to an incoming class at Colorado Mesa University, I noticed three parents waiting for me at the back of the room. The grim looks on their faces and their crossed arms immediately triggered me to worry, “They don’t look to happy. I wonder what I did wrong?”
When I got to the back of the room, all three parents turned toward me, each saying their own version of , “Why wasn’t EVERY student mandated to hear this program? Our kids were in here and we are thrilled!”
The latest movie by Wes Anderson, Moonrise Kingdom, addresses the range of intense personal relationships from teen romance to adult romance to friendships, parenting, and more (click here to watch trailer).
While the scene where the 12-year-olds experiment with sexual intimacy would be much more appropriate at an older age, the conversation they displayed was healthier than the ones adults typically have.
Over the past decade, you may have noticed a dramatic increase in the number of sexual assault cases involving teachers and their students being covered by national news outlets. The common reaction you hear is, “It’s wrong for a teacher to engage in a sexual act with a minor.” What about when the student is 18 years old?
Moms and dads tell me how they stress the importance of “LOVE” in a dating relationship. Do you want love to be the focus of a child discovering relationships? Have you seen a love-crazed tween or teenager recently? Getting them to focus, besides think, is not an easy task. Not exactly what most moms and dads want in their 14 year old.