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#LIRasks Week 4 Round Up

 

We’re closing out the final week of Teen DV Month, and we just want to say THANK YOU again to everyone who participated and helped raise awareness during February. We’ve loved having conversations about these important topics. But don’t stop just because February is over! Teen dating violence is a problem all year round, so please keep talking, keep learning, and keep working to end dating abuse. Remember, we’re here for you 24/7 if you ever need support.

This week’s #LIRasks question was “How does pop culture affect the way people view healthy/unhealthy relationships?” Lots of people responded, and most agreed that pop culture tends to glamorize or romanticize unhealthy relationships. Unfortunately, this is often true; in our last blog post we put three popular songs and music videos to the Healthy Relationships test, and none of them passed. Have you put your favorite song or video to the test? Give it a try, and let us know the results on Twitter or Facebook!

Here are a few of the responses to our last #LIRasks question:

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Teen DV Month: Healthy/Unhealthy Relationships in the Media

The last week of Teen DV Month is here! Reading your responses and messages over the past few weeks has been so awesome. Thank you for getting involved! For a recap of last week’s responses to our #LIRasks question, click here.

This week we’re focusing on how the media and pop culture portray healthy and unhealthy relationships. You may not think that what you see on TV, hear in songs or read online can affect you, but often what we see and hear in the media can shape how we feel about ourselves and the world around us. Pop culture can raise a lot of questions and even cause controversy, like the recent conversations about Fifty Shade of Grey. It can all get pretty complicated, but we think it’s important to take a hard look at the messages we’re getting from the media and break them down. When you’re watching your favorite show or listening to that new song, try asking yourself:

  • What message am I getting from this?
  • Why am I getting this message?
  • Is this a healthy or unhealthy message?

We’ll be discussing the messages and imagery in a few popular songs and their music videos later in the week, so stay tuned!

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#LIRasks Week 3 Round Up

For Week 3 of Teen DV Month, we asked people how they would help someone who was experiencing abuse. We received a lot of great responses, and most included something we think is incredibly important: listening. If one of your friends or family members is in an abusive relationship, one of the best things you can do for them is just listen. Check out a few of the awesome responses we got to this week’s question:

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Teen DV Month: How to Help Someone Else

We’re halfway through Teen DV Month! Last week, we had a great discussion about Relationship Rights. If you missed our Twitter chat on Thursday, check out Storify for the highlights. Also, take a look at some of the responses to last week’s #LIRasks question!

This week we’re talking about how to help someone who is in an abusive relationship. First, it’s important to recognize the signs that a friend or family member might be experiencing abuse:

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#LIRasks Week 2 Round Up

During Week 2 of Teen DV Month – which was also Respect Week! – we talked about relationship rights and healthy relationships. Many people wore #Orange4Love and shared pics on Tuesday to show their support of healthy relationships. Did you participate in any Respect Week activities at your school or in your community? Let us know!

We hope you took some time to read through our list of Relationship Rights and think about how they apply to your own relationships. There were some great responses to this week’s question, Which relationship right is most important to you?:

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Teen DV Month: Know Your Relationship Rights

Teen DV Month is underway! Big thanks to everyone who responded to our first #LIRasks question. ICYMI, check out the top responses from last week.

This week is Respect Week! Quick reminder about what we’ve got going on:

  • If you haven’t downloaded our Respect Week toolkit, it’s not too late to get started on some cool activities to raise awareness in your school and community.
  • Wear Orange 4 Love tomorrow (Feb. 10) and show your support of healthy relationships!
  • On Thursday, Feb. 12 join our Twitter Town Hall at 6 PM CT (7 PM ET/4 PM PT) to discuss relationship rights. Be sure to follow us on Twitter!
  • Finally, please support our Thunderclap to help spread the National Respect Announcement on Feb. 13, just in time for Valentine’s Day.

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#LIRasks Week 1 Round Up

The first week of Teen DV Month is coming to a close. Were you able to start the conversation about dating abuse and healthy relationships with a friend, family member or classmate? We hope so!  If not, you can always start a conversation with one of our advocates via phone, chat or text. They’re here 24/7!

We were so impressed with the responses to our first #LIRasks question: What are the most important aspects of a healthy relationship? Most answers included honest communication, trust, and respect. We couldn’t agree more! Here are some of the great responses we received:

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Teen DV Month: Starting the Conversation

Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (Teen DV Month) is here! Throughout the month, we’ll be posting resources, information and ways to get involved on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram. Be sure to follow us!

It’s not always easy to talk to friends and family about dating abuse and healthy relationships, but it’s so important. Why? Because through open communication, we build support systems and stronger relationships with the people around us. That’s why for the first week of Teen DV Month, our theme is“Starting the Conversation.” So let’s do it!

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Get Ready for Teen DV Month!

Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (Teen DV Month) is right around the corner! Throughout the month of February, teens and organizations across the country will be working together to raise awareness about teen dating violence. At loveisrespect, we know it’s a serious issue; after all, we speak to thousands of teens and young adults every month about their relationship concerns and questions.

Did you know:

  • 1 in 3 teens in the U.S. is the victim of physical, sexual, emotional, or verbal abuse by a dating partner, a figure that far exceeds other types of youth violence
  • Girls and young women between the ages of 16 and 24 experience the highest rate of intimate partner violence (almost triple the national average)
  • Violent relationships in adolescence can have serious ramifications by putting victims at higher risk for substance abuse, eating disorders, risky sexual behaviors, and further domestic violence

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