It's February, and that means it is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. This month we unite under the color of orange!
Intimate partner violence can happen to anyone, regardless of age, financial status, race, gender, sexual orientation or background. Intimate partner violence can also be physical, emotional/mental/verbal, sexual, financial or digital. However, not everyone may know just how prevalent teen dating violence is:
· 1 in 3 teens in the US has experienced some form of abuse by a dating partner
· Dating abuse affects around 1.5 million teens annually
· 1 in 4 teenage girls who have been in relationships reveled they have been pressured to perform sexual acts or engage in intercourse by their dating partner
· Of girls ages 15-19 murdered each year, 30% are killed by their dating partner
· Adults who use violence with their dating partners often began doing so during adolescence, with the first episode typically occurring by age 15.
As you can see from these statistics, it is very important that we spread awareness about teen dating violence to others in our communities.
We at Hopeful Horizons are proud to partner with CAPA Beaufort to form the Abuse Prevention Coalition (APC) and offer the community a variety of services. Two of the APC’s prevention efforts, MOST Club (Men of Strength Club) and WISE Club (Women Inspiring Strength & Empowerment) are doing big things this month!
This month, MOST & WISE are bringing awareness to youth by way of:
Awareness Bulletins and Posters placed in participating schools to push the agenda beyond the classroom
Interactive exercises done with the teens that raise understanding of relationships
And much more!!!
Your support means more than you know. To the silent victims, the young ones without a place to turn, a trusted shoulder to lean on, or the ability to get legal protection - your support tells them that their voices are being heard. One more voice being heard is one more life that could be saved.
Of course, the effort to end dating violence doesn't stop on March 1. We are committed to helping teens and young people yearlong. So, we are prompting you to take a continued stance with us in ending teen dating violence by making others aware of this ongoing issue, as well.
One of the ways you can join in on the national movement, is by following and posting with these hashtags:
#TeenDVMonth - use this to promote Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month
#HandsUnite – use this to join LoveIsRespect.org in raising awareness of Teen Dating Violence
#LoveIsRespect -use this to share what love and respect mean to you
#CAPABeaufort-use this to support our local prevention efforts
Thanks again for all of your support and dedication in helping bring awareness to teen dating violence.