For many, February is associated as a month in which to celebrate the joys of love. A day though many are unaware of the origins, is a day to commemorate St. Valentine’s, a third century Roman saint who was said to perform weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry. Though many celebrate this day with heart-shaped candy and teddy bears that say I love you, unbeknownst to many others, there is a growing epidemic that showcases the dark side of love.
February, also known as Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, is a month dedicated to raising awareness of the alarming rates of violence occurring among the youth in our nation. Nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner in a single year. Among female victims of domestic violence, 94% of those age 16-19 and 70% of those age 20-24 were victimized by a current or former boyfriend or girlfriend. Dating abuse is a big problem affecting youth in every community. It can lead to less attention to academics, increased exposure to drugs and alcohol, a greater likelihood of teen pregnancy, growing isolation, sexual assault, and more. Even one of these things can have a profound impact on the physical, social and emotional growth of a young person. Together, they create a perfect storm that not only affects the teen survivor, but their friends, families, schools and surrounding communities. TDVAPM was created to be an opportunity to engage youth, reach new audiences, raise awareness about dating abuse, and support young people in learning how to have safe and healthy relationships.
To learn more TDVAM, please visit http://www.teendvmonth.org/
You can also help raise awareness of Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month by donating to W.O.M.A.N., Inc. today!