We talk about healthy relationships and work on knowing how we deserve to be treated.” “We are beginning Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month by wearing our tee-shirts to let people know there is no excuse for dating abuse.” “We’d like to remind you that everyone deserves a safe and healthy relationship.
Promoting that would be a huge way to get other people involved and talking. Dressed in tee-shirts they painted with healthy messages, the girls took center court and read statement s they prepared in advance.
Reading the National Respect Announcement is another great way to spread awareness. Last year, the girls from our Healthy Relationships group at Long Creek Youth Development Center wanted to bring major attention to TDVAPM, and they did so during halftime at the A. They took turns reading the following: “February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month and it is critical that we take this time to remember that domestic violence is not just a problem for adults.
One in three teens in the US will be a victim of physical, emotional, or sexual abuse by a dating partner.” “Two-thirds of teenagers who are in an abusive relationship never tell anyone about the abuse.
It’s time we shine the light on this issue.” “In our girls group we get to do just that.
So, you just found out that 1 in 3 teens is experiencing abuse in their relationships.
Or maybe you’ve read that only 1 in 4 parents will speak about teen dating abuse to their adolescent children.
Either way, you want to protect your child and be That Parent: the one who had the all-important conversation.
Here are a few tips to help you keep your child safe. You get to hear where your child is at, and your child gets to share what they know with you. You truly want to protect your child, so it’s important that he/she feels supported and not judged.
And remember, you want to speak to your child before they begin dating, not after! Then, let your child understand why you wanted to know. Allow your child to realize that you are only there to do anything you can to keep them safe.
Don’t just assume that your teenager is too young or doesn’t yet need to know. First, download Share The 8 Before It’s Too Late from the End Abuse4Good website, or pop open the webpage on your laptop or i Pad. An example would be: “I recently just found out that 1 in 3 teens experience abuse in their relationships, and I want to make sure that you are okay. If any of those behaviors has ever impacted life, it’s important to share with your child. Keep calm, remember to breath, and resist any urge to raise your voice or make anyone wrong. Ask your child these three questions: “Has anyone ever made you feel afraid, or controlled or bad about yourself?
Let’s take a look at this list and see what it’s all about.” You can also ask your child, “Do you know anyone who likes someone or is dating someone? Speak to your child the way you wish someone would speak to you. “Is there any relationship in your life that includes any of these 8 signs of abuse – either a friend or someone you like?