Teen dating violence is more common than people think. Did you know that 1 in 3 teens in the U.S. will experience some form of physical, sexual, or emotional abuse by someone they are in a relationship with before they become adults? Nearly 2/3 of those youth will never tell anyone.
Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month is a month-long campaign dedicated to raising awareness about teen dating abuse. Every February, people across the United States join together for the cause. Locally, the Bee Inspired Program Advisory Council and its collaborative partners are rallying to raise awareness to help prevent and end the cycle. This year, Crisis Intervention Service and the Bee Inspired Program through Building Families are teaming up to provide tips, tools, and other resources on the topic geared toward youth, parents/caregivers, schools, and the community. Our goal is to encourage open and honest dialogue about teen dating violence. We hope that you will join in our efforts.
You can help spread awareness by participating in our local efforts this February. Below are three small and actionable ways you can be involved. Check out the graphics, and be sure to also checkout loveisrespect.org and breakthecycle.org for more resources.
- Get the FACTS, Start EARLY, & TALK Often—Everyone has the right to a safe and healthy relationship. However, dating abuse can happen to anyone. To help make a positive difference in changing the attached statistics, we encourage you to share these facts, promote healthy relationships, and have open and honest conversations on teen dating violence. We’ve shared a flyer with 5 statistics.
- Respect Week—Below are ideas for raising awareness about healthy relationships and dating abuse. You may choose to implement one or all of these throughout the week of February 9-15.
- Wear Orange—The ask is simple, wear orange and show your support for Teen Dating Violence prevention on Tuesday February 11, 2020. We’ve provided a sign (in English & Spanish) you may choose to use in your photos.
For more information and resources, feel free to follow us on social media, or contact us at:
Tiffany Larson, Bee Inspired Program through Building Families, firstname.lastname@example.org
Kaylea Green, Crisis Intervention Service, email@example.com
Be sure to follow our daily #1Thing tips, tools, & resources on our social media. They will be posted on Twitter, Instagram, & Facebook. Videos will be shared to the Bee Inspired YouTube Channel.
This year’s theme is #1Thing.
We’ll be sharing “Talk About Tuesday” videos on Tuesdays in February.
Here are additional resources (Statistics, Respect Week, & Wear Orange Day)! Contact us for the pdf version of the files!