So this is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Week. This was first held back in 2006, and this is the fourth annual one. It aims for both the increased…

So this is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Week. This was first held back in 2006, and this is the fourth annual one. It aims for both the increased awareness of this issue of violence in teenager dating relationships as well as the prevention of such tragic events. I’m sure many of you have dated someone or know someone who has dated someone at one point in their life. What you may not know is the prevalence of violence in many of these relationships amongst teenagers. Violence does not necessarily have to be PHYSICAL, such as sexual assault; it can also be EMOTIONAL as well, such as verbal abuse or harassment via texting or other forms of communication. Many teenagers let it go because they don’t find the initiative to report it, thinking “Oh it’s just normal fighting or bickering between couples” or “it’s too embarrassing to let everyone know.” Oftentimes, that is not the case and would actually increase the severity of the violence or continue the cycle of abuse.

 

 

You can help the situation! Whether you recognize signs of abuse in your close friends, or in your own relationship, don’t be afraid to report it. It may seem embarrassing but it will help. The only way to stop or reduce the violence is to make the abusers aware that what they are doing is wrong and not to let them keep doing it.

 

 

 

 

– Vivian