What is Coercion


As defined by Miriam Webster’s dictionary, coercion is the process of manipulating someone to do something they don’t feel comfortable doing or don’t want to participate in. Hands-Off is looking to decrease the number of teens succumbing to coercion. Teens are not overwhelmingly well educated on sexual violence or safety. Because of the heavy stigma associated with these topics. teens are not equipped with the knowledge they need to protect themselves and are often scared to look for help when something does happen as a result.



  • As of 2016, only 24 states (and the District of Columbia) require public schools to teach sex education. (NCSL.org)
  • 1 in 5 girls, ages 14 -18, reported that they have been kissed or touched without their consent. (nwlc.org)
  • In 2010 and 2011, 50% of boys and girls did nothing in response to sexual harassment (“Crossing the line” aauw.org)
  • In 2015, 69.6% of LGBTQ+ students were sexually harassed within that year (glsen.org – national school climate survey)



  1. Look for signs i.e. someone asking repeatedly for things from you.
  2. Someone threatening you.
  3. Watch your surroundings and trust your instincts (if something feels off, then something is off).
  4. Seek help from those you trust.
  5. Set boundaries.
  6. Engaged the buddy system.




If you are looking for other support groups or similar organizations, please check out our friends:

ACLU of Illinois 


#Girls Too

Cause the Effect

  • Love is Respect: 1-866-331-9474; text LOVEIS to 22522; chat at www.loveisrespect.org
  • National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline: 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)*
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
    • Spanish Services: 1-888-628-9454*
    • Deaf and Hard of Hearing: Chat with NSPL here or, to support, 1-800-799-4889
  • NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness): 1-800-950-NAMI (6264)* only M-F 10AM-6PM; text NAMI to 741741
  • The Trevor Project: 1-866-488-7386; text START to 678678
  • Chicago Rape Crisis Hotline: 1-888-293-2080*
  • City of Chicago Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-877-863-6338
  • Family Rescue 24-hour Crisis Line (Domestic Violence): 1-800-360-6691*

Hands-Off and the Bold Girls Society will be present at the Young Feminist Conference on November 9 from 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. All are encouraged to attend!

STAY IN TOUCH – Join our group, Hands Off, on Facebook for more resources and issues.

Interested in being a part of Bold Girls Society, email Ozakh Ahmed at ozakha@girlsincofchicago.org