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NowMattersL8R:

because what We do now, matters later 

Everyone in today’s digital era owns a smartphone or has a social media account- Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, etc. Posting and sharing sexually explicit content have become a problematic issue for society. Some people have become desensitized to the violence witnessed online and public health experts believe it is largely based on living in an over-sexualized society that contains a billion dollar pornographic industry. This tolerance of online sexual violence contributes to an increase in school drop-out rates, a decrease in academic performance, and many mental health issues. People often do not realize until it's too late that their actions today can have very serious consequences tomorrow. Hearts of Hope unveiled the #NowMattersL8R campaign in 2016 to address policy and compliance issues with Title IX, coordinate better response to online violence, increase awareness of the sexual abuse laws, and teach best practices for implementing online safety.

Louisiana Legislative Act 641: Provides that each public school governing authority, in consultation with local law enforcement agencies, develop and distribute age & grade appropriate information to students regarding Internet and cell phone safety as well as online content that is a potential threat to school safety, including how to recognize and report threats to school safety that are posted on the Internet.

Increase knowledge and awareness by clicking on the items below

Share one each day on your social media page with the hashtag #NowMattersL8R:

  1. Hearts of Hope #NowMattersL8R brochure

  2. Louisiana's List of Sexual Violence Laws:

  3. Knowing More about Louisiana Laws for Youth

  4. Title IX for schools & universities

  5. Cyber Tipline: This is a means for reporting crimes against children.

  6. Campus Guide to Internet Safety for College Students & Teens

  7. The Ultimate Parent Guide for Protecting Your Child on the Internet



Contact the Education Director for more info: 

Val Senegal, MA

val.senegal@theheartsofhope.org or Facebook