When we think of holidays and February our first thoughts might be of candy hearts or perhaps presidents, but I’d like to wish you a Happy TDVAM.
February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month.
According to the Family and Youth Services Bureau, “Each year, nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner. At a rate far higher than other forms of youth violence, teen dating violence impacts 1 in 3 adolescents in the United States through physical, sexual, emotional and verbal abuse.”
1 in 3. The statistic alone sounds significant, but if you’ve ever picked your teenager up at the end of the school day or after a school basketball game you’ve got an image in your mind of how many youth stream out of those doors. Now mentally calculate that 1 in 3 number as you’re envisioning all those teens walking past you. This is a serious problem.
Wellspring staff work with local youth to raise awareness about relationship and sexual abuse. We have conversations about issues like consent, creating social change, how to intervene if you see a situation, and the connection between alcohol and sexual victimization. We want to give teens the knowledge, skills and confidence to speak up for themselves or for someone in need. So this February talk to a teen about dating violence.
Here’s a quick video about consent to start the conversation… because 1 in 3 is too many.