Teen Dating Violence: know the signs, learn the signs.

Not all forms of abuse are physical; none of them should be tolerated.

Last week,…

Teen Dating Violence: know the signs, learn the signs.

Not all forms of abuse are physical; none of them should be tolerated.

Last week, National Runaway Safeline (NRS) joined with Break the Cycle, the National Domestic Violence Hotline, Love is Respect and other organizations nationwide to participate in #RespectWeek2014  raising awareness around teen dating violence, which culminated in a digital thunderclap endorsed by 550 supporters that reached 368,107 people. Read more of the accomplishments made to spread the word! 

Next week, as Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month comes to a close, there are two opportunities to increase your knowledge on recognizing signs, getting the word out, and engage youth in the discussion:

Youth Activism and Engagement: Tips for Reach Youth

Date/Time: 02/26/2014 02:00 CST PM
The conversation about preventing and ending dating abuse must include youth. Learn how to engage the young people in your life in anti-violence activism – in school and in the community. Register here.

Building Healthy Relationships: Collaborating on Teen Dating Violence and Pregnancy Prevention #NCFYChat

Date/Time: Thursday, February 27, 2014 @ 01:00pmCST PM
Twitter chat about teen dating violence and pregnancy prevention with the National Clearinghouse on Families & Youth and co-host Break the Cycle. Who should join: Family and youth workers, adolescent pregnancy prevention program administrators, advocates for reducing unplanned teen pregnancy, teen dating violence program administrators, and anti-teen dating violence advocates.

If neither of the conversations above apply to you, it doesn’t mean you have to stand on the sidelines. An engaged bystander is someone who intervenes when they see or hear behaviors that promote sexual violence. Check out this resource list for preventing sexual violence.

Youth Homelessness: 2014 National Conference on Ending Family and Youth Homelessness brought together 800 people in New Orleans this past week to discuss plans strategies for what works in homelessness prevention and new issues to be confronted. Topping the list, “time to ramp up our work on homelessness among youth” and the importance of data.

The Homestretch, a new documentary by Kartemquin Films is finally nearing completion. It centers on three homeless teenagers, who brave Chicago winters, the pressures of high school, and life alone on the streets to build a brighter future. Check out the powerful trailer below:

The Homestretch (trailer) from spargel productions on Vimeo.

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