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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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Abusive relationships are relationships where one person causes physical, sexual or emotional harm to the other person. Abuse can also involve the restriction or limitation of money, time, food, shelter or contact with others outside of the relationship. Another name for this type of behavior is also called domestic violence or intimate partner abuse.
Internet citation: - Fast Facts
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What is Relational Aggression?

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Safe Schools

Coordinate school safety workshops that outline the relationship of school safety to quality education and emphasize the need for public support of schools. Educate employees about their specific safety responsibilities. Invite law enforcers, lawyers, judges, health and human services officials, and probation officers to teach about the juvenile justice system and its relationship to effective schools.
Routinely invite your government representatives to school functions. Always recognize them formally when they attend. Give elected representatives advance warning if the audience's attitudes may create or reflect conflict. Although you may disagree with officials over policies, as fellow public servants, your professional courtesy will be appreciated.
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?

Did you know?

In 2000, 86% of young adults had completed high school, a slight increase since 1972 when it was 83%.

Internet citation: OJJDP

Human Trafficking

Tools for Service Providers and Law Enforcement For resources and assessment tools built for professionals who encounter potential victims of trafficking, click the buttons on Tools below to view or download a collection of documents. The National Human Trafficking Resource Center also offers phone, web, and in-person trainings on a variety of topics. Click here to request a training or access online training, or call the hotline at 1-888-3737-888. Assessment Tools Internet citation: How to Talk to Your Young Children


Oklahoma Fact!

Oklahoma City, 608 sq. miles, is the third largest city in land area - behind Jacksonville FL, 759 sq. miles and Anchorage AK, 1698 sq. miles.





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