How It all Started
By Candice Christiansen, Founder
In this day and age, older teens and millennials need a lot of support, especially with the rise in incidences of cyber-bullying, teen sexting, (and subsequent charges for distributing self produced child porn), secret apps, sextortion, and sexual assault violence on college campuses.
Realizing the concern, in 2016, I co-hosted an pornography and on-line risk prevention event in Salt Lake City, Utah. An overwhelming number of community members, teachers, school administrators, teens, young adults, and public health officials from Utah and neighboring states attended our event with a request for on-going guidance and support for on and off-line safety.
The public outcry inspired me to create a movement to educate older teens and millennials (18-26 years old) on REAL Intimacy. This was how The Love Ed. Movement™ was born. Since starting this movement, we have provided outreach and education for older teens and millennials on the dangers they face on and off-line, specifically sharing research, real-life millennial experiences, our love ed tips, as well as viable solutions for helping older teens and millennials make healthy relationship choices.
We have also provided education and training to the Department of Human Services (DHS), Division of Child and Family Services (DCFS), Network on Juveniles Offending Sexually (NOJOS), the Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health (SASH), and The University of Utah's Autism Clinic on how to provide education and resources to older teens and college students in dialoguing about these challenging topics.
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Candice Christiansen and Meg Martinez from the Love Ed. Movement™ talk about the importance of educating teens and young adults relationships, love, respect, and communication so they can have healthy views about intimacy with Fox13's The Place. Watch the full interview here.
Therapist Candice Christiansen tells us about the outreach and education she is working on to help everyone recognize the impacts of cyberbullying. Here are a few tips on how to stay safe: 1. Save & document everything. 2. Change passwords often. 3. Follow your teen online. 4. Talk about it. 5. Report it. Watch the full interview here.