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Posted By iamincontrol | September 25, 2014
Sexual coercion is a term used to describe when someone pressures, forces, or uses manipulation to get someone else to engage in a sexual act that they don’t want to do or are uncertain about doing. How about reproductive coercion? Maybe you’ve heard about it, but probably not. This term is being used to describe behaviors that interfere with a person’s decision about use of contraception or getting pregnant. It is typically a form of pressure or control that an intimate partner may use related to sexual activities. For example, a young man may put lots of pressure to have sex without using condoms because it affects his perception of pleasure – regardless of the risk to his partner for an STD or pregnancy. Another example would be a young woman who tells her boyfriend that she is using birth control but really isn’t because she wants to get pregnant (even if her boyfriend doesn’t). On the flip side, a guy who wants his girlfriend to get pregnant (even if she doesn’t) may mess with her birth control pills so she is not protected. There are usually two types of reproductive coercion: birth control sabotage (attempts to interfere with use of effective birth control) and pregnancy pressure/coercion (attempts to influence decisions about pregnancy).
Posted By iamincontrol | August 28, 2014
Within my group of friends, there was this one friend who seemed to have it all together. She excelled in the classroom as well as in sports. She was involved in various clubs and organizations. She was very outgoing and responsible; our classmates and teachers liked her as well. At one time I would have considered her one of my best friends.
During the fall of my senior year of high school, my friend began to date a guy the grade below us. He seemed like a nice guy, a farm boy who caused some trouble, but nothing terrible. My friend seemed happy about her new relationship, and she quickly began to fall in love.
Posted By iamincontrol | April 24, 2014
No matter how annoying younger siblings can be, we all have that protective big brother/sister instinct in us that comes out when they get hurt. We feel we have to protect them from things in this world that we don’t want them to ever have to experience, and when they do experience them, we feel a sense of failure that cuts deep.
I have a sister who is three years younger than me. We’ve gone through so much together. Our biological mother gave us up for adoption after giving birth to me at age 13, and my sister at age 16. This only made my sister and me closer. We got through foster care together and were fortunate to both be adopted by the same family. I was forced to grow up a lot faster and take care of my sister’s needs first. This seems like a huge task for a four year old, but you do what you have to do. Being placed in a good home allowed me to let someone take care of both of us, but there was still that sense of protectiveness in me.
Posted By iamincontrol | October 10, 2013
K2, Bath Salts, and Spice, they sound like things you’d find in your own home, right? These are actually some of the latest synthetic drugs. When we hear synthetic we often think fake, but these drugs are not fake! They are man-made chemicals designed to mimic the effects of other illegal drugs like marijuana, hallucinogens and amphetamines. The sole purpose of these drugs is to get the user high.
The manufacturers have used some tricky marketing tactics to make the users think these drugs are harmless. They’ve started by calling them incense, potpourri and bath salts. They’ve also put labeling on the packages like, “not for human consumption,” and “not for persons under the age of 18.” These labels allow the makers to get around requirements by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
So why are these drugs dangerous? First, the contents of the package are often unknown. Like street drugs, nobody is monitoring what the consistency or strength of these drugs is or what other dangerous chemicals are being added. Possible effects of using these drugs include vomiting, agitation, paranoia, hallucinations and suicidal thoughts.
What is the legal status? That is often a confusing question, because when these drugs first came out they were actually legal. However, since then the state and federal government has put a ban on chemicals used to make synthetic drugs. The punishment would be the same as someone who is caught buying, selling or using marijuana. Unfortunately, some drug manufacturers are changing the chemical compounds to get around the law.
The bottom line is that synthetic drugs are not fake, and they can pose real health risk to the users, including death.
Check out David’s Story: http://www.k2drugfacts.com/davidsstory.html