When Netflix released their program, "13 Reasons Why", it became a mega-hit with teens almost immediately. The series is a frank, realistic portrayal of the dark and frightening issues our kids are dealing with, one of which is rape. Believe it or not, rape and sexual assault affect our kids. In fact, 25% of high school girls—that’s 1 in 4—have been abused physically or sexually. And that number might actually be higher, as many cases go unreported. And victims aren’t just girls. Boys experience this, too. Today, we’re giving you some tools to help your kids reduce the risk of becoming a sexual assault victim.
The topics depicted in 13 Reasons Why—bullying, self-injury, sexting, rape and suicide—are all around adolescences. This free download will equip you to have conversations with your kids about what they’re seeing around them, or perhaps what they’re going through themselves.Read More
Leila Rae Sommerfield shares her story of recovery after rape, offering victims hope and encouragement to overcome the emotional scars associated with sexual abuse.Buy Now
13 Reasons Why may, unintentionally, romanticize suicide for some teens, even though that's not the show's intent. Watch Plugged In’s Bob Waliszewski review of the series.Read more
Before there was a Netflix series, there was the book. Read the Plugged In review of the teen novel that started it all.Read more
With another season of "13 Reasons Why" being released, parents may need to rethink how it may be affecting their children.Read more
Danny Huerta, MSW, LCSW, LSSWView Bio
As vice president of the Parenting and Youth department Danny oversees Focus’ initiatives that equip parents to disciple and mentor the next generation, so that they can thrive in Christ. He is a bilingual, licensed clinical social worker. For many years, he has provided families with practical parenting advice. He specializes as a counselor and spokesperson in the treatment of ADHD, conflict resolution, self-esteem, anxiety, depression, trauma, communication, media discernment, the brain and healthy sexuality.
Glenn LutjensView Bio
Glenn is a licensed family therapist who’s been on the Focus counseling team for 23 years. Prior to joining Focus, he spent time in church counseling and pastoral ministry. He and his wife, Elizabeth, have three young adult children. Glenn loves Jesus, has an affinity for lasagna and cheers for the Oakland Raiders.
Christina Chismar, MSW, LCSWView Bio
Christina is a fun-loving, creative counselor. As a trauma specialist, she works to help people of all ages feel safe helps them understand trauma’s affects the brain and body. Her approach integrates body, mind, and spirit to ultimately help people walk authentically. Outside the office, Christina enjoys quilting and dog training.