Teen dating violence awareness week 2016
Other high schools went above and beyond and even hosted awareness weeks on their campus, like Northwood High School.
As many celebrated the month of love this past February, Human Options had something else in mind.Although domestic violence awareness has been recently widely distributed in national media, there seems to be another aspect of the topic that is not highlighted.Domestic violence is commonly viewed as an issue that only affects adults, specifically married couples.However, teen dating violence is an issue present today.1.5 million high school students will be physically abused by a dating partner each year.Many teen dating behaviors are often thought to be a “normal” part of a relationship that people often ignore potential warning signs or make excuses.
February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, Human Options wanted to break those misconceptions and spread the message that Love Shouldn’t Hurt.
We launched our #Love Shouldnt Hurt Campaign in February in local high schools, middle schools, and after school programs, targeting the teen population.
Within the topic of domestic violence, the issue of teen dating violence is hardly thought of.
The campaign aimed to inform teens and adults of the prevalence of teen dating violence and to start the conversation in order to prevent the issue from rising.
The local schools and organizations, such as Magnolia High School, Girls Inc, and the Boys and Girls Club of Garden Grove, were able to participate by hosting presentations and filling out pledges on what love means to them.
The presentations provided insight on the warning signs of unhealthy relationships and what teens should do in order to be in healthy relationships.