Raising Awareness about Teen Dating Violence

By Cameron Estrada, School-Based Health Alliance Youth Advisory Council Member

Carmen SBHC Teen Dating Violence AwarenessOn February 26, my teen awareness group—Impact and I—organized a way to spread awareness concerning teen dating violence at Roswell High School in New Mexico. February, along with being School-Based Health Care Awareness Month, is also National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month.

In the last year, approximately 1.5 million high school students admitted to being intentionally physically harmed by their significant other.1 Teens who have been abused hesitate to seek help because they are ashamed or are unaware of the laws surrounding domestic violence.

To raise awareness about this issue, my peers and I set up a booth with our school-based health center at lunch. We handed out candy to everyone who stopped by to learn about abusive relationships. We also had students take a quiz to determine whether they are or were in an abusive relationship. Many students were surprised to learn how many people are affected by dating violence and even more were surprised that they were in or currently are in an abusive relationship. This was a rewarding project for me and I learned new things. I believe my peers would agree!

1. Dosomething.org. “11 Facts About Teen Dating Violence.” https://www.dosomething.org/facts/11-facts-about-teen-dating-violence. Accessed February 22, 2015.

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