May 22, 2012
I first learned of Laura's House a few months ago when a volunteer from there gave a presentation to a group of Girl Scouts which I attended with my 14-year-old daughter and a few other girls from our troop. After the excellent presentation, my very shy daughter was eager to talk about it, even skipping out on going to attend a birthday party because she felt what she had seen was too serious to put aside for something 'trivial as a party'. While we have a close relationship, I have never seen her open up and want to talk about such serious issues. I've tried and it was always difficult to get her to talk! But since this presentation, she has been more willing to discuss everything with me, and told me her concerns about of a couple of girls in her school. She took the hotline phone number to school, and organized our troop to collect donations of items for Laura's House. She is already thinking that when she is older maybe she'd like to get more involved in helping there. She keeps commenting about how she doesn't understand why schools don't include these presentations as part of sex education -- as she says, they will talk to us about STDs, but they won't tell us how to recognize relationship red flags and defend ourselves in a bad relationship? I credit Laura's House with helping my daughter become a more mature and aware person.
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