by Alice Sparberg Alexiou

Combatting Violence Against Teen Girls

The Jewish Women’s Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago has awarded a grant to Response Center, which provides counseling and medical services related to adolescent sexuality. JWFC has been supporting the centers, both of which serve both Jewish and non-Jewish clienteles, since 1999, after learning from Response Center staff that fully one third of teens coming in for medical exams were reporting that they had been sexually assaulted, or were engaging in dangerous sexual activity. Center employees now report that the proportion of girls reporting such behavior has risen to one half.

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