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The trouble is that ‘Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Month’ is a mouthful, and can obscure the issue, making it seem complex and intimidating to teenagers.
It’s easy for teens to think of dating abuse as an issue that doesn’t apply to them, that they don’t understand, or that is boring.
Dating abuse has long-term repercussions too, from higher risk of teen pregnancy and STDs to depression, eating disorders, and future domestic abuse. Talking about healthy relationships and dating abuse can help break the cycle of violence and stop abuse before it begins. In any relationship, you have a right to: If you’re concerned that your rights or the rights of someone you care about are not being respected, call the WCA Hotline 208.343.7025 or contact the National Dating Abuse Helpline (call 1.866.331.9474 or text “loveis” to 22522).
Each February, Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month highlights these issues through a number of events and programs across the country.
The submission period is from July 15 – August 15, 2013.