Love is…..trust, friendship, open communication, fun. Love is NOT abuse! Here at Just Us Teens, we are celebrating Teen Dating Violence Prevention Month (longest name EVER!) this February! So what is Teen Dating Violence Prevention Month? It is the national effort to raise awareness about abuse in teen and 20-something relationships and promote programs that prevent it during the month of February.
Both the Floyd and Bartow Youth Action Teams are up to great things to raise awareness about TDV. In Floyd, the members have teamed up with our local Sexual Assault Center to do an “ORANGE OUT” day, along with a fun lunchroom photo booth complete with silly props! We will be asking the students at the Floyd County Schools to tell us and show us what “healthy dating” is! If you want in on the fun, tag us on Facebook and use #orange4love #FloydYAT.The group!
Props for the photobooth (if you would like to make your own, get free templates here!)
In Bartow, our Youth Action Team is gearing up to make a humorous, but educational video to distribute via social media. Keep your eyes open for that gem coming your way SOON! 😉
For more information about Teen Dating Violence or February’s Orange4love campaign, check out Love is Respect! And since this campaign is all about opening up our eyes to the issues affecting 1 in 3 teens, I wanna leave you with some facts!
- One in three adolescents in the U.S. is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner, a figure that far exceeds rates of other types of youth violence.
- Approximately 70% of college students say they have been sexually coerced.
- Girls and young women between the ages of 16 and 24 experience the highest rate of intimate partner violence — almost triple the national average.
- Violent behavior typically begins between the ages of 12 and 18.
- Violent relationships in adolescence can have serious ramifications by putting the victims at higher risk for substance abuse, eating disorders, risky sexual behavior and further domestic violence.
- Being physically or sexually abused makes teen girls six times more likely to become pregnant and twice as likely to get a STI.
- Half of youth who have been victims of both dating violence and rape attempt suicide, compared to 12.5% of non-abused girls and 5.4% of non-abused boys.
- Eight states currently do not include dating relationships in their definition of domestic violence. As a result, young victims of dating abuse often cannot apply for restraining orders.
- Only 33% of teens who were in a violent relationship ever told anyone about the abuse.
- Eighty one percent of parents believe teen dating violence is not an issue or admit they don’t know if it’s an issue.