The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and Foundations for Living will team up Thursday, May 1, at 6 p.m. at Jackson EMC for a presentation aimed at reducing physical abuse among high school teens from dating partners.
Foundations for living CEO and co-founder Sande Bailey-Gwinn and Jackson County Sheriff Janis Mangum will host “Straight Talk No Chaser.” This program is designed to inform teens and their parents about unhealthy teen relationships and to help parents determine if their teen is being subjected to an unhealthy relationship.
Some 1.5 million high school students nationwide are physically abused by a dating partner every year. Seventy-two percent of eighth and ninth graders are dating every year, and 70 percent of college students say they’ve been sexually coerced during high school by sexting.
“Straight Talk No Chaser” will begin at 6 p.m. and will last until approximately 8 p.m. Topics of discussion will include unhealthy teen dating (the signs of verbal and nonverbal abuse and unwanted pressure to have sex), sexting (what is sexting and signs your child is engaging in sexting), the importance of parental guidance and more.