Online Dating and Dating App Safety Tips by RAINN

More than 40 million Americans use online dating services or dating apps. As is the case when meeting someone new, whether online or offline, it’s wise to keep a few safety precautions in mind. Dating apps don’t conduct criminal background checks on users, so it’s up to each user to determine if they are comfortable meeting up with someone. However, it is important to remember that if you do experience sexual assault or violence while dating online or using an app, it is not your fault. (CLICK HERE for full article)

Safety Tips for Travelling

Whether you travel often or you’re getting ready for a once-in-a-lifetime vacation, it’s important to think about safety as part of your travel preparations. The following tips can help travelers plan for a safe and comfortable trip and may reduce the risk of many different types of crimes, including sexual violence. (CLICK HERE for full article)

What Consent Looks Like

While the legal definitions of consent may vary by location and circumstance, the general concept is always the same: Consent is an ongoing process of discussing boundaries and what you’re comfortable with. Let’s get specific about how consent plays out in real life. (CLICK HERE for full article)

The Abortion Pill

The abortion pill works up to 11 weeks of pregnancy. You can usually have your abortion in the privacy of your own home. (CLICK HERE for full article)

Where Can I Get an In-Clinic Abortion?

You can get an in-clinic abortion at many Planned Parenthood health centers. Our caring doctors and nurses are experts at providing safe abortions and providing support throughout the process. You can also get an abortion from some private doctors or gynecologists, family planning clinics, and abortion clinics. Contact your local Planned Parenthood for more information about where to get an abortion in your area. (CLICK HERE for full article)

Is Abortion Still Accessible in My State Now That Roe v. Wade Was Overturned?

Abortion was legal throughout the U.S. for 49 years thanks to Roe v. Wade — but now that Roe was overturned, abortion access and laws vary by state. (CLICK HERE for full article)

How to Help a Friend

We often get phone calls from people whose friends and/or family members are being abused by their partners. Here are some answers to common questions that we get. (CLICK HERE for full article)

What Is Partner Abuse?

Partner abuse is also called domestic violence, battering, intimate partner violence, and/or dating abuse. Partner abuse happens in all communities. It crosses all social, ethnic, racial, age, and economic lines. Size, strength, age, politics, gender presentation and expression, or personality does not determine whether someone can be abused or an abuser. Abuse is NOT more or less common in LGBQ/T relationships. (CLICK HERE for full article)

Safety Planning

Safety planning is a way to assess danger/risk: this can be risk of physical, emotional, sexual, financial and/or cultural/identity harm. It is also a way to come up with strategies that can help you stay safer. (CLICK HERE for full article)

Restraining Orders

CLICK HERE for the full article answering frequently asked questions regarding restraining orders.

How To Recognize Gaslighting and Respond To It

Gaslighting made the leap from psychological lingo to trendy buzzword with the 2016 presidential campaign. More recently, it has morphed into what Ackerman calls a “catchall phrase” — often used incorrectly by people referring to simple disagreements over issues or interactions that don’t meet gaslighting’s historical definition. Some mental health experts are concerned that overusing the term could obscure the abusive nature of gaslighting and reduce its power to help victims recognize ongoing manipulation. (CLICK HERE for full article)

More Than 1 in 4 Women Have Experienced Domestic Violence in Their Lifetimes, Global Study Finds

More than 1 in 4 women in the world have experienced domestic violence in their lifetimes, according to a study published Wednesday. The study, in the Lancet medical journal, used statistics from the World Health Organization’s global database on the prevalence of violence against women from before the coronavirus pandemic, 2000 to 2018. (CLICK HERE for full article)

11 Tips for Fathers and Father Figures of LGBQ, Trans or Gender Non-Conforming Children

Parenthood requires constant learning and growth – here are some tips for letting your children know the security and love he/she/they have always received is still intact and always will be. (CLICK HERE for full article)

Stalking

When you learn more about stalking behaviors, you’re more likely to notice them before they escalate, and you can take steps to protect yourself. If you discover that you are being currently being stalked—either in-person, online, or via technology—it can be unsettling and even dangerous. Consider taking steps to protect yourself or involve an authority figure who can help you. (CLICK HERE for full article)