Teens must be responsible, too

Published 9:36 am Monday, April 15, 2013

I am saddened by the national news reports of teen girls being sexually assaulted while passed out from drinking. Numerous people have been involved in these attacks, and some have taken photos or videos of the attack and texted them or posted them on social media. Ridicule and bullying has often followed these attacks. The girls have been affected in serious ways, even to the point of taking their own lives.

Girls and guys, keep yourselves away from situations in which you will become vulnerable, even among those you consider friends. Using alcohol or drugs lowers your inhibitions against things you know are wrong. Protect each other, don’t let others take your friend away into a secluded area. Say something. Leave. Tell a trusted adult. If you see inappropriate postings or texts, it is in your power to make them stop. Tell a trusted authority. Don’t stop until something is done about it.

If something awful has happened to you, please know your life is not ruined. Your life is not over. Talk to someone. There are people who want to help you. They won’t judge you. Hang on. There is hope.

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I want to personally thank the Albert Lea city councilors and Freeborn County commissioners who voted to implement the social host ordinance brought forward by Freeborn County Partners in Prevention several years ago. They led the way for the state of Minnesota. As parents and/or property owners, we need to be responsible for what happens on our property. We must work together for the wellness of our young people. Thanks for listening.


Jill Marin
Albert Lea