This new Media Toolkit provides concrete facts about the issue of violence against girls and young women; suggestions about issues to be covered regarding violence against girls, including the Taskforce’s recommendations of how to end violence; and information about key organizations.
Nearly 1 in 5 Chicago youth is experiencing violence in a dating relationship – and the numbers are rising. To turn those numbers around, we will need to change our discourse about the issue; develop approaches that derive from the experiences and needs of young people; and promote systems change.
It is impossible to have a conversation about young women in conflict with the law without addressing their early histories as survivors of sexual violence – the Girl’s Prison Pipeline. Once enmeshed with the juvenile justice system, girls continue to be exposed to various forms of violence, including systemic violence.
Reproductive Justice (or RJ) calls for the “complete physical, mental, spiritual, political, social, and economic well-being of women, girls, and individuals, based on the full achievement and protection of human rights.” In this section, we will apply RJ principles to issues of violence against girls and young women.
Promoting safety for girls in school begins with challenging our preconceived notions of how young people experience violence – unraveling myths of out of control young people, and focusing instead on systems change and the creation of a positive school culture.
If we are to end sexual violence against girls and young women, we will need to change cultural norms and address multiple and intersecting oppressions. The Taskforce’s starting point was to expand our understanding of sexual violence.