“The idea of being able to meet people from around the worldis alluring,” says a young woman named Elaine. Don’t be surprised if you find it easier to converse with classmates than with fellow Christians at congregation meetings.“At school, there’s a greater chance of finding people who are going through the same things you are,” says 18-year-old Jasmine. This is one of them, and I like it.” Weighing the Dangers There’s no question that, for some, making and maintaining friendships is easier online.□ At school □ At home □ At congregation meetings LOOK at your answer to the first question.Did you indicate that you prefer to communicate by computer rather than talk face-to-face? Many youths use the Internet to start and maintain friendships. “When you’re face-to-face, if you don’t fit in, there’s nothing you can do about it.” Now look at your answers to the second and third questions.Technology that once supplemented relationship development is now, it seems, taking on a larger role in relationship formation and maintenance.What is this role, and how healthy is a reliance on technology for the creation and sustainment of romantic relationships?Worse, you can get a potential high from every person you meet.But unlike other addictions, this one isn't officially recognized.
Studies suggest that around half of transgender people and bisexual women will experience sexual violence at some point in their lifetimes.
□ Classmates □ Family members □ Fellow Christians Where does your communication tend to be least inhibited?
□ Face-to-face □ Phone □ Computer Whom do you find it easiest to converse with?
Moreover, the ways in which society both hypersexualizes LGBTQ people and stigmatizes our relationships can lead to intimate partner violence that stems from internalized homophobia and shame.
Yet, as a community, we rarely talk about how sexual violence affects us or what our community’s unique needs are when it comes to preventing sexual assault and supporting and caring for survivors of sexual violence.
Why, then, wander online without being aware of the dangers?