This month gives us an opportunity to shed light on a very devastating epidemic. 1 in 3 teens will experience some form of dating violence this year.
And dating violence can happen to any teen, any race, any place, any time.
Dating violence can be emotional, sexual, financial, digital, stalking, verbal, and/or physical.
And Today is Time to Talk Day:
Conversations about healthy relationships are happening all across the country on NO MORE Silence: It's Time To Talk Day!
- Pledge to have a conversation with a young person in your life about healthy relationships on It's Time To Talk Day, Feb. 4, 2014. See where conversations and events are happening nationwide
- Tell two people about It's Time To Talk Day, and encourage them to do the same! Tools to help start the conversation
- Become an advocate: Join the Love Is Not Abuse Coalition, a group of thousands of healthy relationship advocates who have made it their mission to bring education and other dating abuse prevention resources to their families and communities. Click here to join.
- Attend (and invite friends to) a Talk-A-Thon near you! Break the Cycle will host a national Talk-A-Thon in New York City that anyone can participate in and support. Click here for details and to RSVP!
- Host an It's Time To Talk Day Talk-A-Thon in your community!These dynamic conversation events will bring groups of parents and advocates, large and small, together to learn, share and talk about this important issue. The Talk-A-Thon Guide has everything you need to host your own.
About the Day:
Hosted by Break the Cycle's Love Is Not Abuse Campaign, It’s Time To Talk Day is an annual awareness day that aims to generate conversations about healthy relationships and prevent teen dating violence and abuse.
Starting a conversation about a tough topic can be hard. Sometimes a good book can help start the difficult discussion. Break From You is a young adult novel that focuses on teen dating abuse.
Join me throughout the month of February in raising awareness.
The history of Teen DV month:
For years, young people across the nation have organized to put a stop to dating abuse. With their adult allies, they achieved a major victory in 2005 when the importance of addressing teen dating abuse was highlighted in the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act.
The following year, Congress followed the lead of dozens of national, state and local organizations in sounding the call to end dating abuse. Both Chambers declared the first full week in February "National Teen Dating Violence Prevention and Awareness Week." Then in 2010, they began dedicating the entire month of February to teen dating violence awareness and prevention.