In New York State and across the country, February is recognized as Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month.
February is a good time to educate yourself and your friends about Teen Dating Violence and how you can help.
A national survey found that ten percent of teens, female and male, had been the victims of physical dating violence within the past year and can increase the risk of physical injury, poor academic performance, binge drinking, suicide attempts, unhealthy sexual behaviors, substance abuse, negative body image and self-esteem, and violence in future relationships.
Unfortunately, teen dating violence—the type of intimate partner violence that occurs between two young people who are, or who were once in, an intimate relationship—is a serious problem in the United States.See our ideas below about how you can make a difference.Use the hashtag “#ICan Do Something NY” to share your ideas all month long.Her emotional pain was caused by her high school boyfriend, who blitzed her with cruel comments via instant messages, e-mails and My Space, calling her ugly and accusing her of cheating. Pereira, now 21, regrets sending her boyfriend the topless picture that was subsequently forwarded to other students in her high school. In the MTV documentary, Pereira's parents and friends also warned about the consequences of sexting photos like the one that caused Pereira such pain.It is important to create spaces, such as school communities, where the behavioral norms are not tolerant of abuse in dating relationships.
The message must be clear that treating people in abusive ways will not be accepted, and policies must enforce this message to keep students safe.