Sometimes speaking out about dating abuse is as simple as suiting up for a sports game. This year, a group of high school ice hockey players will be using their favorite sport to bring awareness to dating abuse in honor of Teen Dating Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month (TDVAPM).
At each game, Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School’s ice hockey team will be sporting special stickers designed by assistant coach Max Sherman and Melissa Alderborgh. These stickers feature black text which boldly states, “End DV.”
Each month Coach Sherman encourages the team to dedicate themselves to a new community service project.
The boys view themselves as leaders in their school and community and want to make a difference by standing up for what’s right and spreading information about causes, like dating abuse.
Bringing attention to TDVAPM doesn’t have to be complicated. This resourceful team recognized that they would be the center of attention during the game, and wanted to share the limelight with an important issue. By capitalizing on a moment where they knew they would be seen, this team may have reached a person who was in need. A sticker may be simple, but its impact can be large.
If you’re creative, you could make an impact in a variety of ways. Challenge your friends to a contest to see who can come up with the most creative TDVAPM poster and have a teacher be the judge. Talk to your school’s drama club about putting on a play which brings attention to dating abuse. Create a sticker, button or ribbon which brings awareness to dating abuse.
Not an artiste? No worries, be the person who brings attention to the issue. Are you on the student council? Do you play a sport? Are you in a club? Find a time when you’re in front of the student body and make a statement, even if it’s as simple as incorporating a sticker or funky shoelaces. (embed link). Not the extracurricular type? No worries. You can make an announcement about TDVAPM during lunch, letting your classmate’s know what they can do to participate. Wear a sticker, button or ribbon and tell people what it represents. Hand out educational flyers about the dangers of dating abuse. Everyone can make a difference.
How are you participating in TDVAPM? Let us know in the comment field below.