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LESSON 6 113
A trusted adult is someone who genuinely cares about you without a price—who accepts and
supports you in being who you want to be. We all need safe and trusted adults in our lives.
(PP) Getting Help and More Information
The Human Trafficking Hotline. Text 233733 or Call 1-888-373-7888
or use chatline. Click En Español.
Instructor note: More information is found at The Polaris Project
See Love and Trafficking stories and videos
Documentary on Sex Trafficking
(PP) Choose or have students choose which resource to use for the
connection activity. Have available Breakup Tips and Surviving a Breakup,
Resource 6a and 6b, or Worried about a Friend?, Resource 6d, or Sexual
Assault and Consent, Resource 6e. Have teens ask a parent or trusted adult
to read through and discuss together the points that are most important.
1 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2023). Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance United States, 2021,
2 30% of teen respondents said they received texts 10, 20, or 30 times an hour from their partner demanding to
know where they are, who they are with, and what they are doing. Reported in March 1, 2007 E-gram from
The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy.
3 CDC YRBS 2021.
4 Courtain, A., &Glowacz, F. (2021). Exploration of dating violence and related attitudes among
adolescents and emerging adults. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 36(5-6), NP2975–NP2998. https://doi.
Also see Mulford, C., &Giordano, P. C. (2008). Teen dating violence: A closer look at adolescent romantic
relationships. National Institute of Justice Journal.
Trusted Adult-Teen Connection
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