Dating violence, human trafficking featured in webinars

Elizabeth Hjelm, Staff Writer

The Haven House Family Services Center has partnered with Chi Sigma Lota, the WSC Counseling Honor Society, to educate students and the public on the risks of human trafficking and dating violence.
Scott Munsen, Outreach Coordinator for Haven House will be hosting two webinars this month via Zoom. The first, called “Putting a Halt on Human Trafficking,” will be held on March 3, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. The other presentation, “Addressing the Risk of Dating Violence,” will be held on March 26, running from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Both presentations will be free to the public and are open for anyone that wants to listen.
According to the Counter Trafficking Data Collaborative, “The highest percentage of female victims can be found in the 18-20 age group…and half of all victims are aged between 19 and 33.”
This age range is right at the college age level, so attending the webinar provides a unique opportunity for Wayne State students to be educated and to help halt human trafficking.
When it comes to dating violence, Healing Abuse Working for Change says, “In fact, college-aged women (between 16-24) have the highest per capita rate of intimate partner violence. 21 percent of college students report having experienced dating violence by a current partner, and 32 percent of college students report experiencing dating violence by a previous partner.”
The site goes on to say peer pressure, the presence of drugs and alcohol, stressful schedules, tight-knit friend groups, and social media contribute to higher rates of abuse, sexual assault, and stalking for students
Learning about both of these issues can help students protects both themselves and others. The first webinar will open March 3 at 11 a.m. on Zoom and is available to anyone that is interested.