Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month and it has its own hashtag: #TDVAM

Dating violence is a major issue facing adolescents and teenagers today. It's important to educate tweens and teens about this issue before it becomes a problem in their own life. Here are a few facts:

--One in four adolescents reports verbal, emotional, physical, or sexual abuse each year.
--One in five adolescents reports being a victim of emotional abuse each year.
--One in five high school students has been physically or sexually abused by a dating partner
--Dating violence among their peers is reported by 54% of high school students
--One in three teens report knowing a friend or peer who has been physically hurt by his or her partner through violent actions which included hitting, punching, kicking, slapping, and/or choking.
--Eighty percent of teens believe verbal abuse is a serious issue for their age group.
--Nearly 80% of girls who have been victims of physical abuse in their dating relationships continue to date the abuser.
--Nearly 20% of teen girls who have been in a relationship said that their boyfriend had threatened violence or self-harm in the event of a break-up.
--Nearly 70% of young women who have been raped knew their rapist; the perpetrator was or had been a boyfriend, friend, or casual acquaintance.
--The majority of teen dating abuse occurs in the home of one of the partners.

(**taken from  http://womensissues.about.com/od/datingandsex/a/TeenDatingAbuse.htm)

Take the time this month to talk to teens about what a healthy relationship is, and how to recognize warning signs of abuse.

Click here for more information on Tweens and dating violence.

Click here for more information on Teen Dating Violence.

Talk to your kids!! Make sure they know that LOVE = RESPECT.