February is TEEN DATING VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH. Each year, 1 in 10 teens suffer physical, sexual or emotional abuse from their partners. Dating violence can put teens at risk for many things including, substance abuse, depression and poor academic performance.
The Expect Respect Leadership group at Propel BRADDOCK HILLS HIGH SCHOOL is sponsored by Center for Victims. This group is educating their peers about this fast-growing and dangerous issue. Some of the group’s activities for the month of February include:
- Hanging posters with dating violence statistics and warning signs throughout the school
- Weekly ‘Alert Now’ messages will be recorded by our students and distributed via telephone to the students’ families. These messages will include information on statistics, warning signs and where to get help
- There will be weekly postings on ‘Schoology’ describing ‘healthy versus unhealthy’ relationships
- On Friday, February 14, “Expect Respect” valentine cards will be given to students at lunch.
Says Elena Runco, School Social Worker at Propel BRADDOCK HILLS HIGH SCHOOL, “As adolescents approach the dating years, they may need a reminder that healthy relationships are safe, respectful and non-violent. As a school family, we care for one another and want to see positive and safe dating behaviors modeled by our teens.”
For teens or families who want to learn more about Teen Dating Violence, Ms. Runco recommends visiting http://www.loveisrespect.org. This site gives pertinent information for families including blogs, relationship quizzes and ways that families and students can get help recognizing and dealing with potentially unsafe dating situations. If an individual is suffering from Teen Dating Violence, another resource is the ‘Center For Victims’ at 1-866-644-2882.