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October, 2013:Color's Changing!
It is cooler outside at last and we are enjoying early autumn. Everything seems ready for beautiful fall colors. Even in the five boroughs of New York you can catch the explosion of glory in parks, with leaves fluttering in gold, crimson, green and brown. But sometimes other colors catch our eye. If you know someone who comes to work at Downstate wearing sunglasses to cover a black eye or who wears long sleeves to cover bruising, if it seems to recur, don’t be afraid to gently ask if the person is OK.
October 2013 is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. If no one says anything while noticing many things, which may or may not indicate abuse/assault, then a horrible outcome could occur where we may regret not having tried to help. The best way to help is to offer to be there for the person, and to provide a pamphlet or website:
Another way children and young adults can be abused is through bullying. With the number of forms of social media in play currently, there are persistent images and statements that can drive vulnerable youth to hurt themselves after unrelenting bullying.
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