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What it Means to be Aware

This February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, and me, along with everybody else at A Woman’s Place, whether it be staff members or fellow volunteers, consider this special month a time to raise awareness in our community and, more importantly, to be aware ourselves. Awareness is something that everyone has within them, but not…
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The Importance of Educating Teens

February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, which calls for action in educating teens and adolescents on what healthy relationships are, as well as how to recognize and react to unhealthy relationships. According to a 2011 CDC nationwide survey, it was found that 23% of females and 14% of males who experienced rape, physical…
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Proud

June is Pride Month, a month of celebration and an opportunity to show support to the LGBTQA+ community. This year, like many organizations, we at Planned Parenthood Keystone are looking at ways to help examine and strengthen our efforts as allies.  We offer medical services that reach all members of our community, and three weekly…
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Be Mine

It snows often in Happy Valley.  Rarely enough to amount to anything, but just enough to look pretty (and, sometimes, be annoying).  My sophomore year at Penn State, however, St. Valentine gave us work-weary students a blessed gift: the one and only snow day I can remember during my four years of undergrad.  Yes, classes…
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Your First Love

By glancing at the title, you might assume that this will be about someone’s first boyfriend or girlfriend. But I am talking about a different kind of love, a love that has been forgotten, or in some cases never known. I’m talking about a love that has increasingly lost its significance over time, yet, ironically,…
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Finding Hope in Vulnerability

Last fall, the news was full of stories about Ray Rice and Janay Palmer. I’m sure you haven’t forgotten those hard-to-watch images of Ray’s elevator abuse toward his then-fiancée. I’m sure you haven’t forgotten the way Janay Palmer was talked down to and questioned for her choices, the way she was victimized again by strangers…
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Bullying Prevention Month

Bullying is a problem that has touched the lives of millions, stretching to all parts of the world. No matter your age, race, gender, nationality ─ you name it ─ the potential to be bullied exists, and it is extremely prevalent in the new age of technology. Teenagers everywhere are tormented by fellow peers, teammates,…
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Finding Empowerment

Great job to everyone who participated in yesterday’s Race to Empower 5K or 1-Mile Fun Walk at Buckingham Friends School (BFS) in Lahaska! It was a new location/partnership for the event this year and a huge success; everyone at A Woman’s Place (AWP) and BFS greatly appreciates your participation and hopes you had a great time!…
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In The Past Year

Being the only man on staff at an organization named A Woman’s Place (AWP) can be a fascinating experience at times.  October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and I’ll get right back to that, but it is also my first anniversary at AWP. So I want to reflect on that briefly. Hmm. I’d best pause…
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Healthy vs. Unhealthy

Social media can be a very harmful place when it comes to controversial videos. One video in particular shows an 18 year-old girl, Romina Garcia, saying, ”If your boyfriend hits you or beats you up, stay with him. He loves you, because he’s risking for you to press charges on him, calling the police —…
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