Some news stories that caught our eye this week:
- A new video game was just released to help teens learn about healthy relationships. The Real Robots of Robot High “helps middle school students better understand social systems and the dynamics that lead to healthy and not-so-healthy relationships.
- Happy Thanksgiving! A local domestic violence program in Washington State is thankful to their community for the incredible outpouring of support when a fire destroyed their transitional housing facility.
- Hard to ignore the fact that domestic violence has dominated the Sports news this week, from the WNBA to an international soccer star, as well as Washington State locals Hope Solo and Jerramy Stevens. These are painful reminders of how prevalent domestic violence is and the reality that all sorts of people out there are abusing their partners.
- Did you know that the rate of unplanned pregnancies in the U.S. has not changed in 20 years? This week, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists said that women should be able to buy birth control pills over-the-counter, without a prescription. “Increasing women’s access to birth control in this way could reduce the rate of unplanned pregnancies.”
- Kevin Clash just resigned as Elmo in light of sexual abuse allegations. Naturally, the public reaction has been to hope it’s not true. But what does it mean for victims and the likelihood that they will come forward when our first reaction is to hope they are lying?