Foley High School Leadership

Life Skills 101, because life can be tough…

Guest Speaker: Mrs. Heather Love from the Lighthouse

Mrs. Heather Love was a guest speaker on February 15th. Mrs. Love works for The Lighthouse, a non-profit organization located in Robertsdale. The Lighthouse  is committed to providing support, preventing violence and promoting justice for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. For help, you can call 251-947-6008 or 1-800-650-6522

Mrs. Love goes into local schools to share how the impact of these crimes affects all of our lives, and she works hard to increase community awareness and understanding of these problems.

Mrs. Love described the Lighthouse shelter, where abuse victims go to get help and get back on their feet. She informed students that when an aunt, a neighbor, or a friend needs help, the Lighthouse is  somewhere they can go. She stressed that if you need help, you have to ask for it. There is a crisis hotline open 24 hours a day to handle questions or reports.

1 in 4 girls, and 1 in 8 boys will be assaulted, raped, or molested before they reach adulthood.  Girls can be abusers as well, though they use their voices and words more so than guys,  who typically use fists.

Mrs. Love had several key pieces of information to share.

  • 99% of students will know someone who has been the victim of domestic abuse.
  • Rape means Rape. There are no gray areas here; it’s rape or it’s not.
  • Abusers don’t start off abusing you in the very beginning of a relationship. If they punched you in the face on your first date, you’d run away fast.
  • The more texting and calling that occurs in a relationship, the more unhealthy the relationship is.
  • If you are a bully today, statistics show you will go on to abuse someone in a relationship in adulthood.
  • 97% of people age 19 and older surveyed say they wish they had never had sex in high school.

The age of consent for sex in the state of Alabama is 16.  If you are 15 and younger, technically, you can not consent to have sex. At age 18, you are considered an adult. If you are 18 or older,  having sex with a minor can lead to a prison sentence, and you can be labeled a sex offender for the rest of your life. Even if your parents approve of an older boyfriend or girlfriend, as a minor, if you contract an STD or get pregnant, the law can and frequently does step in and press charges.

Mrs. Love cautioned students to make good decisions and to be informed of the facts.

We certainly appreciate Mrs. Love’s time and look forward to seeing her again before the end of the semester.

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This entry was posted on February 24, 2012 by in Leadership Guest Speakers.
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