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February was Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

The Erin Levitas Foundation's work to reduce sexual violence will support healthy future relationships as children become teens and adults.  Children can be subject to violence at all ages and that violence can negatively impact their future. If a child has seen violence in their home, or has been a victim of violence, studies show that they are more likely to be violent and not truly understand its harmful effect. Just as a child might grow up in a safe home where she is kissed goodnight and tucked in, another child may grow up seeing or experiencing violence and have a harder time understanding that it is wrong. Programs like the Erin Levitas Initiative at UM Law (Levitas Initiative) help teach children, no matter their experience, how to be a part of and identify a healthy relationship.

We are Going Back to School

Five law students, along with the Levitas Initiative program team, are heading back to school. Launching the pre-pilot in March, they will be working with one Baltimore Public School where middle school students will experience portions of the newly developed curriculum, using restorative justice to reduce sexual violence. Results and lessons learned from this pre-pilot will help prepare for the official program pilot fall 2019. 

What are Restorative Practices? Restorative Practice

For the first time, the Levitas Initiative curriculum is using Restorative Practices to help prevent sexual assault among middle schoolers.

What Law Students are Learning From Experts

Director of Prevention & Education at Baltimore Child Abuse Center, Drew Fidler, LCWS-C (image left) met with Levitas Initiative Law students to prepare them for their work in schools. She covered issues of sexual abuse, mandated reporting and child abuse laws. Learn more about her training.

What is the School to Prison Pipeline?

The Levitas Initiative's very own Barbara Sugarman Grochal, Director of School Conflict Resolution Education Programs at the Center for Dispute Resolution (C-Drum) is serving as the Chair of the Maryland Commission on School to Prison Pipeline and Restorative Practices. Learn more about the School to Prison Pipeline and how a child exploring a behavior like slapping a peer's backside can lead them down an unforgiving path.

What are Healthy Boundaries?

While the Erin Levitas Foundation is funding the creation of a prevention program for schools, we want to ensure our community is in on the education too. "It is important that we talk to our children and educate them about their bodies, about healthy boundaries, and about safe and unsafe touches."-Baltimore Child Abuse Center. See these prevention tips for caregivers. 

Honoring Erin's 26th

On February 11 we honored Erin Levitas's birthday with this video and invited people to join in giving $26 in honor of her 26th. Over 70 people joined in giving online and we raised over $3,500! Watch the video. See it on Facebook. We're so thankful!

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The Erin Levitas Foundation aims to educate youth and young adults about sexual assault while helping victims heal.
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