Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

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February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (Teen DV Month). Statistics show that one in three teenagers will experience emotional, physical, or sexual abuse in their 2017-shareable-fb-instagramrelationship, and that dating abuse affects 1.5 million teenagers every year. In addition, girls and young women between the ages of 16 and 24 experience the highest rate of intimate partner violence – a rate that is nearly triple the national average. Teen DV Month was created to educate teenagers and their supporters about unhealthy relationships, and to provide information on how to prevent dating abuse.

Why Focus Specifically on Teens?

Dating violence or abuse can have lasting effects on teenagers who experience it. Victims who experience violent relationships as teenagers are at higher risk for eating disorders, substance abuse problems, and additional domestic violence. Teenage girls who have been sexually or physically abused are twice as likely to contract a sexually transmitted infection…

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InterAct – Courageous Voices Tour

Check out my experience of touring InterAct for their Courageous Voices Tour!

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InterAct – Courageous Voices Tour

By Alex Matsuointeract-blog-image-medium

Written on 1/26/17

Today, I had the honor of taking InterAct’s Courageous Voices tour. As the organizer for V-Day Raleigh and director for this year’s production of Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues”, I felt it was my duty to see firsthand what InterAct does for our community on a daily basis. I knew what to expect visually, but I had no idea what how my heart would react to what I saw.

Domestic violence is a real problem in Wake County, and InterAct is the only shelter for victims of domestic violence in the county. 1 in 3 women is a victim of domestic violence and sexual assault. In Wake County alone, we’re talking about 100,000 women. InterAct helped 40,000 people last year get away from their abusers and start their life anew. Not only do they help these women, but…

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When Love Drowns Out Hate

I wrote something different today. Instead of wallowing in sorrow over my lack of a father for Father's Day, I decided to try to make my voice louder in regards to people I love: the LGBT community. While the effects of House Bill 2 don't directly affect me personally at this time, I know people… Continue reading When Love Drowns Out Hate

Upcoming Interviews!

Greetings everyone! As I wrap up some work and get ready for the upcoming weekend, I wanted to let you all know that I have some interviews coming up that you should put on your calendars. First, I'll be interviewed by the incredible Annie RadzusJune 22nd, 2016 at 10pm EDT. The show can be found… Continue reading Upcoming Interviews!

St. Albans & ConCarolinas Coming Up!

I'm happy to announce that I will be investigating the St. Albans Sanatorium with my team, the Association of Paranormal Study, tomorrow night. For several years, I've been fascinated with this location and the history behind it. Along with CORE, we will be joined by our Meetup members. Keep an eye on my Facebook pages… Continue reading St. Albans & ConCarolinas Coming Up!

My Experience in Haunted Gettysburg

This weekend, I was fortunate enough to attend a field trip to Gettysburg, hosted by the Paranormal Research Society.  It was a weekend of much learning about experiencing activity in one of the most haunted places in the United States.  The last time I was in Gettysburg was in the year 2000 for my eighth… Continue reading My Experience in Haunted Gettysburg