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Up to April 1, 1971 there  was no facility to accommodate children in Pottawatomie, Lincoln, Seminole and Okfuskee Counties who were in distress either by reason of misfortune or their own acting out. Many were housed in a cell exactly like the one to the right. It was made for adult offenders. It was barred, locked and stark  read more...

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Boys and girls are equally likely to report being victimized. Bullies have little empathy for their victims and show little remorse about bullying.
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What is Relational Aggression?

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Safe Schools

Students are both causes and victims of much of the crime and misbehavior on campuses. Most of the following ideas and activities require initiation by administrators and teachers. Once students experience the positive results of the activities, however, they likely will assume the responsibility for maintaining such activities.
Solicit support from local businesses patronized by students and their parents. Develop a marketing strategy that provides discounts to students and parents and that simultaneously promotes local businesses' products or services. Retail outlets of all kinds, including gas stations, can benefit from such promotions.
Trade advertising space in your district magazine for "in-kind" services. This often is a valuable "foot in the door" with future major donors.
Internet citation: National School Safety Center

Self Mutilitation

It is estimated that one in every 100 individuals in the United States, or more than 2.5 million people, are self-mutilators. Girls are four times more likely to engage in self-harm than boys, with girls between the ages of 16 and 25 at highest risk, although many girls begin cutting in middle school (ages 12 or 13). At risk individuals also include those who have underlying psychiatric disorders. Up to half of individuals who are self-mutilators were sexually abused as children.
Internet citation: Cutter Demographics
Biological Explanations: Stereotypical self-mutilation has been seen in the Lesch-Nyhan, deLange, and Tourette's syndrome which has spurred interest in a biological model.

Biological Model 1: Recent evidence suggests the role of the neurotransmitter dopamine in self-mutilation.

Biological Model 2: In addition to dopamine, endogenous opioids have also been linked to self-mutilation. The biological reinforcement theory suggests that the pain from self-mutilation may cause the production of endorphins (endogenous opioids) that reduce dysphoria. A cycle is formed in which the habitual self-mutilator will hurt themselves in order to feel better.

Biological Model 3: A third biological explanation suggests that individuals may mutilate themselves in order to supply sensory stimulation.

Internet citation: Types of Motivation
The content of this article may be very triggering if you engage in self mutilation; please consider this carefully before reading on. Self mutilation is very difficult to understand from the prospective of people who have never experienced the behavior themselves. For family members or friends of someone who self mutilates, it is terrifying, confusing, and frustrating.

Internet citation: What is Self Mutilation and Why Does It Happen?

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Students are more apt to be victims of serious violent crime away from school than at or on the way to school.

Internet citation: OJJDP

Human Trafficking

Anyone can report suspected trafficking cases. If the victim is under 18, U.S. professionals who work in law enforcement, healthcare, social care, mental health, and education are mandated to report such cases.
Through a grass-roots, community-wide effort and public awareness campaign, more professionals on the front line can readily identify the trafficking victim and have him/her treated accordingly. How To Report a Suspected Trafficking Case

If you suspect that a person is a trafficking victim, there are a number of ways to report the suspected case and to help the individual receive appropriate care and counseling. Help for victims of Human Trafficking In the USA:
Call the Health and Human Services-sponsored, toll-free line at 1-888-373-7888 24 hours every day. This hotline will help you determine if you have encountered victims of human trafficking, will identify local resources available in your community to help victims, and will help you coordinate with local social service organizations.

Contact your state's Attorney General's Victim Witness coordinator.

Contact your local FBI.
For countries outside the United States:
Call the national or local human trafficking hotline, if applicable.

If the suspected human trafficked victim is foreign, contact their embassy.

If local law enforcement is reliable, contact local police.
As modern-day slavery continues, the best way to combat this heinous practice is to gather the best resources from police, service providers, medical professionals, lawmakers, web sites like these and help inform the general public. Help educate your entire extended family about the dangers of human trafficking and teach the children in your family how to avoid falling prey to human traffickers. Call the national or local human trafficking hotline, if applicable. If the suspected human trafficked victim is foreign, contact their embassy. If local law enforcement is reliable, contact local police. Additional information on reporting suspected cases within the U.S. can be accessed through: Internet citation: How Can I Recognize Human Trafficking Victims?


Oklahoma Fact!

Oklahoma has a statewide area of 69,919 square miles. It ranks 18th in the United States in size.





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