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  • February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

    Are you willing to help raise awareness about abuse in teen and young adult’s relationships? Young adult dating violence is a big problem, affecting youth in every community across the nation.

     

    Violence does not discriminate; not even race and/or gender. Violence can happen anywhere, anytime, and to anyone. The better effort we make as a whole, the less violence our children will encounter. Talk to your teen or to any teen you may know about awareness and how to stop abuse or violence within their own relationships and to stand up for those that cannot. Only 33% of teens in violent relationships ever tell anyone about the abuse. On another note; 81% of parents believe teen dating violence is not an issue, yet 82% of parents feel confident they would recognize signs of abuse of their teen.

    It’s important to start awareness at a young age because violent behavior in relationships begins as early as 12 years old. Even scarier - girls in their teen years experience a very high rate of intimate partner violence, almost TRIPLE the national average of adults! According to the National Center for Victims of Crime, 54.5% of children under 17 have been physically assaulted in their lifetime. Also, 27.4% of teens between the ages of 14-17 have been sexually victimized.

    Again, it is important to start awareness at a young age to help prevent future abuse. Everyone deserves to be in a safe and healthy relationship. Get involved!​

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