How do we start conversations about dating abuse? Some Texas students might suggest sparking change one step at a time. Students throughout Austin, Texas will be sporting purple shoelaces at athletic events during Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month (TDVAPM).
A local sheriff’s department has teamed up with six school districts throughout the area to raise awareness of teen dating abuse.
Austin, Del Valle, Eanes, Lake Travis, Manor and Pflugerville school districts will be participating in this initiative to get teens talking about dating abuse.
Since purple is the official color of domestic violence, varsity athletes will lace up to make a statement about the dangers of abuse for teens.
School faculty and administrators will be making special announcements during the events to focus attention on and get students talking about the issue.
Changing your shoelaces is a quick, easy and inexpensive way to make an impact. You can turn your shoes into a conversation piece. When your friends ask you why you’re sporting purple laces you can talk to them about dating abuse and why this cause is important to you.
Little changes, like wearing purple shoelaces, can make a big difference. How are you participating in TDVAPM?