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Assistance available to area families

September 16, 2012
The Herald-Star

To the editor:

I am not sure many Jefferson County parents will recall from several years ago an absolutely free seminar offered in the Ohio Valley at what was once called Jefferson Community College entitled "Help, my teen is dating" with Mike Domitrz.

As I recall, very few parents from the valley were in attendance that evening. However, myself, my husband and a single mother and her son and several staff from Jefferson Behavioral Health System were fortunate to attend this event. Being a parent of four children, three of whom are now teenagers, we knew that this could benefit our family. We were very fortunate to meet Domitrz, hear his own personal, tragic story and purchase his educational materials.

I do know as a busy parent sometimes we are overcome with taxiing our children, sitting in gymnasiums and fields until late in the evenings, up early in the mornings, off to work and then begin again. We can sometimes miss such golden opportunities right in our own community to become more aware.

I would like to take this time to share some vital information, that we were lucky to receive, with families so they may find assistance if needed during these difficult times.

For schools and universities, there's help with addressing consent, bystander intervention, healthy dating, sexual assault and supporting survivors. For parents like us, it offers tools to "discover how you may give your teenagers the right tools and skills for making the best choices regarding dating, intimacy, alcohol and helping their friends."

It appears right now that parents in our community may benefit from better awareness. Contact the Date Safe Project -- Real Solutions to Tough Conversations by going to the web at or by calling toll-free (800) 329-9390. You will be a better parent because you did. Help protect our children now; its our responsibility as their parents.

We are concerned for our children.

Karen Fante


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