Peer Education and Advocacy: Teens Against Abuse

Weekly Programming for Whatcom County Teens:

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Textline Hours: 3-7pm 360-603-9684

Textline Hours: 3-7pm
360-603-9684

Textline Hours: 3-7pm
360-603-9684

Textline Hours: 3-7pm
360-603-9684

High School Support Space (4-5pm): Join Here!

TAA (4-5pm): Apply Here!

Middle School Support Space (5-6pm): Join Here!

 

TEEN TALKS TEXTLINE:

Teen Talks Textline is a non-emergency text-based helpline, staffed by teens, providing support for teens! Monday-Thursday from 3-7pm the text line is staffed by Whatcom county teens, ready to provide confidential support live, via text.

Messages received outside of staffed hours will receive an auto response, and will receive a follow up text on the following business day. This textline is open to any teen in Whatcom County who would like non-emergency support around relationships, boundaries, consent, or support. Teen Talks services are always confidential and free, and can be anonymous upon request.

SUPPORT SPACES:

Support Spaces are a weekly, peer facilitated, virtual drop-in space for teens to discuss relationships, consent, boundaries, and support, without the structure of a, “support group.” Support spaces are peer-facilitated by a Teen Peer Advocate. The only requirement to join is an agreement to maintain the confidentiality of your peers.

Support Spaces are hosted via Zoom on Tuesdays from 4-5pm for High School students, and Wednesdays from 5-6  for Middle School students. Participants do not have to identify as a person who has experienced abuse or assault to join- the only requirement is an agreement to maintain the confidentiality of your peers. These spaces are open to all genders and are drop in-based- regular attendance is not required! Anyone looking for a space to discuss relationships, consent, boundaries, and support is welcome!

Teens Against Abuse:

The mission of Teens Against Abuse is to prevent and reduce instances of domestic violence and sexual assault by providing inclusive education, outreach, and advocacy for the teens of Whatcom County, by the teens of Whatcom County.

Teens Against Abuse strives to provide the teens of Whatcom county with accurate knowledge about domestic violence and sexual assault, as well as healthy relationships and consent. We know that by confronting the myths and misinformation around these issues, and by promoting information about healthy relationships and consent, we create a community that is better equipped to end abuse. In addition to education, we hope to raise awareness of the prevalence of abuse, and teach our peers how to support survivors. We aim to educate ourselves so that we may best support and advocate for our peers.

 This club is not intended to be a support space, but to teach participants how to support their peers and engage with activism to prevent and end sexual and domestic violence. Some work outside meetings may be required, and will require both team and individual effort. For more information, feel free to reach out to any of our peer educators, or feel free to reach out to Shoshana Bass, Prevention Program Supervisor, at sbass@dvsas.org.