My people are from the world’s newest nation of South Sudan and we carry our culture everywhere we go.
I love and embrace my culture because that is what I grew up to do and I feel like it has made me the person I am today.
Machismo takes forms in various ways and often is culturally ingrained within Latinx communities.
Counselors encourage survivors to explore their options and make their own decisions in order to build a safe future.
Our counseling services are confidential and include: Illinois law allows minors to receive up to five 45-minute counseling sessions on their own.
How wonderful it felt to have an "adult" who valued our opinion; thought we were not just cute but interesting. I was wearing a Bundeswehr tank top I'd gotten at an Army supply store and faded jeans, a thrift shop crucifix around my neck. But as we sat there together in the sunshine, the wine buzzing my head, I suddenly felt … All I had was my instinct and discomfort — a bad gut feeling. When I write novels, there is always a clear trajectory: the beginning, middle, climax, and end.
My best friend was 14 when she fell in love with a 21 year old. My friend's older boyfriend was close with a guy I'll call T. My mother, spying him from the front window, asked me how old he was."I don't know," I said. After awhile, my friend and her boyfriend disappeared, leaving T. With real life, however, and memory especially, it is harder to keep things so neat and organized. In the first, I snuck out of the house with a guy friend who lived down the street. My friend came back, we went home and I slid back into my bed. The second incident I remember happened when he was giving me a ride home.
In fact, the state of Illinois recently passed a law (HB3379) mandating that public schools must provide teen dating violence prevention programs for students in 7th through 12th grades.