Every year in October everyone in our communities – from community agencies, religious institutions, businesses, schools, media, parent groups to health providers – to plan programs and activities which encourage parent/child communication about sexuality. This national public education campaign is led by Advocates for Youth.
Often times parents want to be there for their kids when it comes to having this incredibly important conversation, but sometimes they might not have the tools or the resources to allow them to do so. For that reason you can click here for resources to help parents kick off a conversation with their children about reproductive health.
If you’d like more information on the campaign you can click here.
Not only do we encourage sexual health conversations this month, October is also Domestic Violence Awareness Month. According to the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence:
Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) evolved from the “Day of Unity” held in October 1981 and conceived by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The intent was to connect advocates across the nation who were working to end violence against women and their children. The Day of Unity soon became an entire week devoted to a range of activities conducted at the local, state, and national level. The activities conducted were as varied and diverse as the program sponsors but had common themes:
- Mourning those who have died because of domestic violence
- Celebrating those who have survived
- Connecting those who work to end violence
If you’d like more information or resources on domestic abuse/violence you can find them here.
For more information on the campaign, click here.