February 26, 2016
The National Clearinghouse on Families & Youth (NCFY) recently featured our article, “Implementing a Targeted Teen Dating Abuse Prevention Program: Challenges and Successes Experienced by Expect Respect Facilitators,” To view the research summary and article click here or continue reading below.
February 18, 2016
Marcus Griggs’ father grew up in a violent home, but the cycle of abuse stopped when he had his own children. Through example and discipline, Marcus was taught how to be a strong and loving man. Today, Marcus helps young men who have experienced violence or abuse develop the skills to have healthy relationships—and become the best young men they can be. This is Marcus’ story published in YES magazine
October 23, 2015
Joe Ehrmann, former All American and NFL star, addressed over 250 student athletes & coaches in Austin on April 10th, 2015. Ehrmann said there is a "crisis of masculinity" underlying many of our nation's problems. The cure, he said, is for boys & girls to be who they are and reject stereotyped images of masculinity and femininity.
October 13, 2014
Empowering young people with the tools to decipher healthy relationships from abusive ones is imperative in order to quell the epidemic of teen dating violence. 2009 Celebrating Solutions Winner, Expect Respect, pioneered legislation, training, counseling and education for students and parents.
June 26, 2014
The Austin Child Guidance Center is proud to announce this year's winners of the 3rd Annual Phyllis Richards Austin Icon for Children Award. The agency is awarding two distinguished recipients, in the categories of Community Activist and Community Service Professional.
May 13, 2014
This article is part of KUT's series Turning the Corner, taking a look at Austin's Dove Springs neighborhood. One of the community-based program working in the area is SafePlace, which runs the "Expect Respect" program at Mendez and other middle and high schools in Austin.
September 09, 2013
Sometimes, it's difficult to recognize dating abuse, especially among young people. Research from the American Psychological Association shows one in three people between the ages of 14 and 20, have been victims of dating violence.
March 19, 2013
The Steubenville rape trial has highlighted the widespread problem of students not intervening to stop dating and sexual violence among peers. But awareness is growing.
March 01, 2013
On Valentine's Day 2013 Leslie joined the One Billion Rising rally at the Texas State Capitol to speak out against victim blaming and violence against women. Leslie is a member of the Changing Lives Youth Theatre Ensemble.
August 02, 2010
This documentary looks at two community arts projects that are partners in the Start Strong Austin initiative: The Changing Lives Youth Theatre Ensemble and The Cipher - Austin's Hip Hop Project. Both projects work to engage youth and the community in social change and specifically in dating violence prevention.
January 25, 2010
In a small room of the Yarbrough'nem Recording Studio in East Austin, four young friends crowd around the microphone.
The hip-hop beat punctuates the room and the voices launch into a passionate musical prayer.
"Instead of knocking you down, he should be picking you up," sing the Public Offenders. "She's not in prison, why are you knocking her down?"