February is Teen Dating Violence (DV) Prevention and Awareness Month! If you follow us @loveisrespect or on Facebook, you have probably noticed a lot of talk about it and what you can do to spread awareness.
What is teenDVmonth?
TeenDVMonth is a national effort to raise awareness about abuse in teen and 20-something relationships and promote programs that prevent it during the month of February.
Why Get Involved?
Dating violence is more common than many people think. One in 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.
We need your help to spread awareness about dating abuse and let everyone know they deserve a safe and healthy relationship.
How do I get Involved?
Finding ways to get involved is actually easier than you think! The loveisrepsect National Youth Advisory Board (NYAB) is hosting Respect Week, February 11-15. Just download the NYAB toolkit filled with activities for you and your friends to make a difference this teenDVmonth. Join us:
On February 11, join Wear Orange 4 Respect, by getting as many people as you can to wear something orange in honor of teenDVmonth. 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 Twitter using #TDVAM #RespectWeek or Facebook.com/loveisrespect.
What better way to say Happy Valentine’s Day than helping all of your friends learn about healthy relationships? Sign up to read the National Announcement to Promote Healthy Relationships during over your school’s intercom this February 14th.
There are plenty of other ways you can get involved such as organizing a candlelight vigil, hosting an information table or just helping us tweet dating abuse statistics to help raise awareness. Download the NYAB kit to start spreading awareness about teenDVmonth.
Don’t forget to post what you and your school is doing spread awareness!