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February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

Feb. 6, 2017 |

 

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month.  It is a national effort to raise awareness about abuse in teen and 20-something relationships and promote programs that prevent it.

One of every three teens in the U.S. will experience physical, sexual or emotional abuse by someone they are in a relationship with before they become adults. Help us spread awareness and stop dating abuse before it starts!

  • Nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner in a single year.
  • One in three adolescents in the U.S. is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner, a figure that far exceeds rates of other types of youth violence.
  • One in 10 high school students has been purposefully hit, slapped or physically hurt by a boyfriend or girlfriend.

In Georgia, the rates of teen dating violence also mirror national statistics from the CDC. The Georgia Department of Public Health’s (DPH) 2013 YRBSS data for physical dating violence show that 12.9 percent of females and 11.6 percent of males in high school reported intentionally being physically hurt by someone they were dating or going out with one or more times during the past 12 months. Of the respondents, the prevalence of physical dating violence in Georgia among Hispanic high school students (18.1%) was significantly higher as compared to non-Hispanic White (10.7%) and non-Hispanic Black (9.6%) high school students.

Wear Orange Day is a national day of awareness where we encourage everyone to wear orange in honor of Teen DV Month. In 2017, it will be held on Feb. 14. You can wear orange shirts, nail polish, ribbons, jewelry, shoes or anything else you can think of! Tell people why you are wearing orange and post pictures and updates on Instagram and Twitter using the hashtags #Orange4Love and #RespectWeek2017.

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