This February is the second nationwide Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month, proclaimed by President Obama in response to the pressing public health issue of intimate partner violence specifically among our country’s youth.
Every year, 1 in 10 American teenagers will suffer physical dating violence, and many others will experience sexual violence and emotional abuse at the hands of their peers. Because of these alarming statistics, and the often-overlooked vulnerability of this affected population, it becomes increasingly vital that we respond to teen dating violence by actually reaching teens themselves. Let’s spread awareness and work towards prevention this February by not shying away from the topic of teen dating violence and sexual relationships. We can talk with teens about what mutually respectful relationships look like, and how to create them, and strive to model these behaviors in our own relationships.
While February may be national Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month, it’s important to note that the detrimental effects of unhealthy relationships are felt year-round. Please take a few moments to review the resources below — and join the effort to ensure that our teens enjoy healthy, safe dating relationships.
- Read President Obama’s official proclamation of Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month
- Learn how to engage teenagers in conversation about love and respect
- Get the full rundown on Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month’s events and opportunities:
- Listen to podcasts from the sexual assault and domestic violence prevention organization Prevent Connect