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http://au.reachout.com/find/articles/an-abusive-relationship This offers tips on what to do / say to convince someone why they shouldn't remain in an abusive relationship. The problem with abusive relationships is that people who have been abused for so long see the abuse as being normal, a one off, or are scared of what happens if they leave. There are Australian domestic violence services (Rape Crisis Centre, Mens Line, Centre Against Sexual Assault Crisis, Police/Ambulance/Fire Brigade is 000)

http://www.heart-2-heart.ca/men/The Excellent advice on how abused men can leave violent relationships. The advice can also apply to abused women, and people of other genders. It covers safety, legal and financial issues, evidence documenting the abuse (photos, affidavits, journal/diary), contact details of domestic violence services, financial documents (credit card/mortgage/insurance/investment documents, your Will). This also offers great advice on how to convince someone to leave an abusive relationship and not be fooled when the abuser pretends to have changed their ways.

Also, something important to keep in mind: Domestic violence is a Child Protection issue. Many domestic violence situations (more than fifty percent) involve child neglect or child abuse. In Australia, children witnessing/hearing domestic violence is considered a form of abuse.
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Originally posted by[personal profile] gabrielleabelleat Mississippi Personhood Amendment
Okay, so I don't usually do this, but this is an issue near and dear to me and this is getting very little no attention in the mainstream media.

Mississippi is voting on November 8th on whether to pass Amendment 26, the "Personhood Amendment". This amendment would grant fertilized eggs and fetuses personhood status.

Putting aside the contentious issue of abortion, this would effectively outlaw birth control and criminalize women who have miscarriages. This is not a good thing.

Jackson Women's Health Organization is the only place women can get abortions in the entire state, and they are trying to launch a grassroots movement against this amendment. This doesn't just apply to Mississippi, though, as Personhood USA, the group that introduced this amendment, is trying to introduce identical amendments in all 50 states.

What's more, in Mississippi, this amendment is expected to pass. It even has Mississippi Democrats, including the Attorney General, Jim Hood, backing it.

The reason I'm posting this here is because I made a meager donation to the Jackson Women's Health Organization this morning, and I received a personal email back hours later - on a Sunday - thanking me and noting that I'm one of the first "outside" people to contribute.

So if you sometimes pass on political action because you figure that enough other people will do something to make a difference, make an exception on this one. My RSS reader is near silent on this amendment. I only found out about it through a feminist blog. The mainstream media is not reporting on it.

If there is ever a time to donate or send a letter in protest, this would be it.

What to do?

- Read up on it. Wake Up, Mississippi is the home of the grassroots effort to fight this amendment. Daily Kos also has a thorough story on it.

- If you can afford it, you can donate at the site's link.

- You can contact the Democratic National Committee to see why more of our representatives aren't speaking out against this.

- Like this Facebook page to help spread awareness.

*EDIT* There's also a petition on change.org. The nifty button for that doesn't seem to want to work, but here's a link that should.

This has been crossposted to my DW account. You are free to comment either here or there, if you'd like to comment. Preferably here, but it doesn't really matter. Whichever one works for you. :D

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 Excerpt from the fact sheet How PTA leaders can prevent bullying: "Before the meeting, work with your principal to conduct an anonymous student survey about the presence of bullying behavior at your school. Present these data at the beginning of the workshop to get everyone’s attention. Some of the findings can also be used in promotional materials. Invite community leaders, school decision makers, teachers, and students, and provide them with the opportunity to make brief comments about the ways they have, or plan to, address bullying in your community. After the meeting, follow up with a thank you to those who attended. Consider inviting members of the local media. If you are not satisfied with the response, after the meeting is over you can also write a letter to the editor of your local paper to let them know what happened and why it is important.

If possible, have a few members spend some time at the school observing the areas and times when bullying likely occurs, such as lunchtime in the cafeteria, in the halls between classes or near the buses at the beginning or end of the school day. Have them report back to this committee about what they noticed. If they are not able to become a permanent part of the committee, make sure that key personnel such as counselors, social workers, secretaries, nurses, janitors, librarians, media specialists or cafeteria workers and students are invited as special guests to your meetings.

 A group of students (from diverse backgrounds - different cultures, gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender, foster children, children with disabilities, children from poorer backgrounds etc.) can help you design outreach materials and give you honest feedback on your approach. Be aware that this group might possibly consist of both bullying victims and perpetrators, and not all students that have been selected may feel comfortable participating. With the help of school personnel, invite each student through a separate one-on-one meeting where you discuss what their involvement would entail, and who else might be a part of the group. Give them the opportunity to decline the invitation, or find an alternative way to assist your efforts".

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http://www.pta.org/bullying.asp This website has factsheets on:

 How to Plan a Connect for Respect Event
How PTAs Can Host a Conversation on Bullying in Their Community (pdf)

What You Can Do As a PTA Leader
Three Ways PTA Leaders Can Prevent Bullying (pdf)

Best Practices in School-Based Bullying Prevention
Ways schools can fight bullying.

Best Practices in Community-Based Bullying Prevention
How community leaders can act on bullying prevention.
Bullying prevention efforts seem to work best if they are coordinated by a representative group from the school. This coordinating team (which might include an administrator, a teacher from each grade, a member of the non-teaching staff, a school counselor or other school-based mental health professional, a school nurse, and a parent
 Roll out an anonymous questionnaire/survey on bullying (when and where it happens in the school, what kind of bullying, whether there was adult supervision in those areas etc). The benefits of conducting a survey of students are:
  • Findings can help motivate adults to take action against bullying;
  • Data can help administrators and other educators tailor a bullying prevention strategy to the particular needs of the school; and
  • Data can serve as a baseline from which administrators and other educators can measure their progress in reducing bullying.
All staff should be able to intervene effectively on the spot to stop bullying (i.e.., in the 1–2 minutes that one frequently has to deal with bullying). Designated staff should also hold sensitive follow-up meetings with children who are bullied and (separately) with children who bully. Staff should involve parents of affected students whenever possible.
Bullying prevention efforts seem to work best if they are coordinated by a representative group from the school. This coordinating team (which might include an administrator, a teacher from each grade, a member of the non-teaching staff, a school counselor or other school-based mental health professional, a school nurse, and a parent.
Bullying tends to thrive in locations where adults are not present or are not vigilant. Once school personnel have identified hot spots for bullying from the student questionnaires, look for creative ways to increase adults’ presence in these locations.
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http://beastaralliance.org/resources The Be A Star Alliance is nation wide campaign working to prevent and fight bullying in the US. This site has a list of anti bullying websites and resources, and anti bullying organisations (including ones run by children, parents and teachers). The Stomp Out bullying has spreadsheets that do not provide much information on stopping or recognising bullies. However, they have a free and confidential chat line, which is valuable.

http://www.pta.org/2885.htm The National Parent Teacher Association (PTA) is the largest child advocacy volunteer organisation in North America.

This site has fantastic resources on:

- Learning how to form a strong, loving bond with your teenage children. This is crucial to spotting and combatting bullying.

- Discussing hate and violence with children. It also includes Spanish factsheets on TVsafety/onlinesafety/music/movies/cellphone (mobile phone) bullying.

- You can sign up to free wireless AMBER alerts in Spanish. This service helps you notify law enforcement quickly if your child has been kidnapped. It is free, and there's no fee for signing up. You can cancel/unsubscribe whenever you want.

How wireless Amber Alerts are sent: http://wirelessamberalerts.wirelessfoundation.org/howwirelessamberalertswork.htm

Frequently asked questions on Wireless Amber Alerts:


To report a missing, abducted or lost child in USA, please call your local law enforcement agency or National Center for Missing & Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST.

http://www.thetrevorproject.org/survivalkit The Trevor Project has a survival kit, with 25 Youth brochures, 25 Wallet cards, 1 List of Books and Films for LGBTQ Youth,1 Educator Resource Guide, 1 copy of the Academy-Award winning film Trevor, and 5 Stickers with information for The Trevor Lifeline

The Trevor Project’s staff regularly provides technical assistance training on how to best use the Survival Kit through a one-hour teleconference and webinar training. If you are interested in participating in a free, quarterly webinar on how to best use your Survival Kit, please email Guide.

You can also find your local mental health/spiritual/accommodation/legal/community centres/under 13 /bisexual/transgender resources by using this site. Just type in your country, state, zip code. This site lists resources in America, Canada, Ireland and the United Kingdom: http://www.thetrevorproject.org/youth/local-resources

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http://karate-kids.com.au/teaching-children-martial-arts-exercise-as-punishment/ A must read on how exercise as punishment harms - whether you're old or young, physically fit or unfit.


A martial arts instructor muses on important things he's learnt while teaching kids. I have to admit, this put a smile on my face. :) It was heartwarming and just so true.

http://karate-kids.com.au/bullying-a-parents-guide-to-prevention/ Learn tips on busting bullying and how to protect your children. Everyone has a right to be safe, especially children, who are our most vulnerable members of society.

http://www.superparents.com.au/blog/2010/06/no-one-wants-to-be-a-victim/ How to avoid becoming a victim of crime.

http://www.superparents.com.au/blog/2010/06/keep-your-child-safe-online-3-parenting-tips/ Protect your child online with these valuable tips!

http://www.child-safety.com.au/2010/06/stranger-danger-taught-correctly.html Learn how to teach your children about stranger danger - the RIGHT way. Find out what your children can do when faced with this threat.

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Hi everyone,

Read this! Here's the Australian government's website on on how to protect your privacy (online and offline):


- How to handle personal security breaches

- Ensuring security, safety and privacy with your mobile phone

The links on the left have tips on how you and your loved ones can protect your privacy. They cover areas such as childcare, education, the workplace, healthcare, marketing, finances, law enforcement and national security.

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Info from http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=16929680703:

Managing stolen ID at Facebook: If someone has stolen your identity or if you are subject to any other form of "account abuse", try this form: http://www.facebook.com/help/contact.php?show_form=fake_profile  or send an email, explaining your problem, to abuse@facebook.com  .


Go here (working link above):

Click "Submit" and follow the instructions.

Your account will be deactivated for two weeks, and if you DO NOT USE FACEBOOK IN ANY WAY during that period, your account is permanently deleted.
If you are experiencing problems with the link above (or anything else concerning your account) your best bet is to contact Facebook directly by sending an email to
info@facebook.com  explaining your problem.

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From the website: This website provides an independent and open tool for scanning your Facebook privacy settings.

NOTE: this scanner is not fully compatible with the latest Facebook privacy settings, so please be sure you check your privacy settings manually yourself.

This site is maintained on a volunteer basis, and though we hope to keep it up to date, there often isn't enough spare time to do so.
Follow the easy prompts to reclaim your privacy on Facebook! If you have any problems, contact these guys and gals here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Reclaim-Privacy/121897834504447?v=app_4949752878&sk=app_4949752878#!/pages/Reclaim-Privacy/121897834504447?v=wall
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From shyfoxling's lj blog:

Your phone number may have been made public (to some degree) on Facebook without your knowledge or consent (possibly related to friends searching for you with a certain app - if they had your number, it got attached to your profile, kind of thing; it "imported" from them without them intending to do so, by the sound of it). If you have a look at http://www.facebook.com/friends/?filter=pfp you can see phone numbers of certain of your friends - who may or may not have wanted you to know them! See http://www.facebook.com/contact_importer/remove_uploads.php to "unimport" anything that might have been harvested from you. See also the disclaimer on the phonebook page; you need to disable it on the phone too.
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Hi everyone,

Please read the email below and consider signing! Thanks so much if you do!

I wanted to tell you about Global Zero, an international movement for the elimination of nuclear weapons. Presidents Obama and Medvedev just signed a historic agreement to reduce their nuclear arsenals. With Russia and the US standing ready to lead, the following months could see the beginning of the end of nuclear weapons, but that will only happen if we seize this moment. To join me and the hundreds of thousands of people in every country in the world who believe in zero, click below:



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Hi there all,

I know the Christmas holidays are over already. But be sure to watch Psychetruth's youtube on holiday fire safety tips (even if you don't celebrate Christmas, as some of these tips apply to everyone):


Tips from Texas firefighter Ms Mckenzie include:

-Keep a smoke detector in every level of your home (and every room if possible)

-Check that there are no chinks in the holiday lights

-check that there are no scratches, gaps, holes in cords

-don't overload power sockets with too may plugs in sockets, or too many extension cords

-get a Christmas tree that is artificial (to reduce fire risk)

-If you buy a real Christmas tree, make sure keep your tree moist to reduce fire risk

-Keep pine needles away from children

-vacuum and maintain tree

-don't throw wrapping paper into the fireplace (doing this could shoot embers everywhere or start a fire)

-ensure you have candles on an open area and a flat surface where they won't be knocked over

-make sure your artificial Christmas tree is flame retardant

-Don't put lit candles on a Christmas tree. Don't keep Christmas tree near heat sources (like space heaters, an heater or fireplace)
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Hi all,

Take action to protect yourselves from ATM card skimming. Card skimming is when someone copies your credit card/ATM card information illegally. Once your card has been skimmed, skimmers will use your credit card/ATM card information to create a fake copy of your card.

Some scammers use card skimming for stealing your personal details and bank account number to commit identity fraud.  Stealing your personal details allows scammers to borrow money or take out loans in your name.

  Use the information from the ACCC's (Australian Consumers and Competition Commission's) Scam Watch's website at http://www.scamwatch.gov.au/content/index.phtml/itemId/694076 to avoid becoming a victim of different types of scamming (scams are fraudulent business schemes that cheat people of their money).

The following text in orange is from the Scam Watch website:

  • Warning signs of skimming

    • A shop assistant takes your card out of your sight in order to process your transaction.
    • You are asked to swipe your card through more than one machine.
    • You see a shop assistant swipe the card through a different machine to the one you used.
    • You notice something suspicious about the card slot on an ATM (e.g. an attached device).
    • You notice unusual or unauthorised transactions on your account or credit card statement.-----------------------------------------------
  • Keep your credit card and ATM cards safe. Do not share your personal identity number (PIN) with anyone. Do not keep any written copy of your PIN with the card.
  • Check your bank account and credit card statements when you get them. If you see a transaction you cannot explain, report it to your credit union or bank.
  • Choose passwords that would be difficult for anyone else to guess.

Fellow Aussies take note: Australia is now being hit by a wave of ATM skimming. The following text in italics is from The Australian (broadsheet newspaper) at http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,25332654-12377,00.html:

Sydney has been hardest hit, with police sources saying as many as 40 ATMs have been targeted.

The amount of cash stolen is yet to be tallied.

Thieves have stolen hundreds of details of cards and tens of thousands of dollars in Perth, while a skimming device was found in Cairns, north Queensland, before it snared any victims.

The scams involve criminals stealing card details and selling them to other criminal groups who use them to make fake credit cards.

The bogus cards are often used to buy goods here and overseas.

Police are urging people to protect themselves from the scams by regularly changing passwords and checking bank account and credit card statements.

Learn how to respond to false sppeches and psychological tricks used by scammers at  http://www.scamwatch.gov.au/content/index.phtml/tag/HowScamsWork/ , so your money won't be stolen by scammers.



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