February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month!

This is your opportunity to use your time, hands, feet, voice and general awesomeness to raise awareness of teen dating violence in the month of February!

The statistics featured on the Teen-Dating Violence Awareness Month website are staggering: One in three teens in the US is a victim of physical, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner; nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner in a single year; one in three teens in the US is a victim of physical, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner; only 33% of teens who were in an abusive relationship ever told anyone about the abuse; and 80% of parents believe it is not an issue.

But together we can change this! There’s an abundance of ways that you can get involved to make teen-dating violence not only common knowledge but a thing of the past. Here’s some ways in which you can alter the course of history:

– Download the teen-dating violence factsheet and check out these resources to get clued-up so you can spread the word to all you know.

– Make your own or order the official stickers through the Let Your Heart Rule Campaign.

Write a Letter: Use our templates to petition the leaders in your community to celebrate February with you.

Join a Group: Join the movement against dating abuse by joining already existing campaigns.

Host an Event: Organize a press conference, poetry slam or play – you name it we have the tools you need to get started.

Write an Op-ed: Make your voice heard across your entire community by writing an op-ed. We have a template, writing tips and submission ideas to get you going.

-Post About It: Spread the word by posting a virtual message or actual poster about Teen DV Month.

Teen DV Month is now in its third year of existence. It is celebrated by leaders in government student bodies, schools, youth service providers, community-based organizations, parents and now you! So get organizing and make a change so the next generation won’t have to.

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