With their adult allies, youth activists achieved a major victory in 20 when the importance of addressing teen dating abuse was highlighted in the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act.
Preventing Dating Violence Dating violence can happen to any teen regardless of gender, race, socio-economic status, or whether or not they have experience with dating.
Any teen or young adult can experience abuse, violence or unhealthy behaviors in their dating relationships.
•Tuesday, February 9, “Wear Orange for Teen Dating Violence Month.” Post pictures to social media using hashtag #MUGoes Orange. •Wednesday, February 10, peer educator photo booth, SMC Juice Bar, p.m. •Friday, February 19, “That’s Not Love” table, SMC Juice Bar, 11 a.m. •Tuesday, February 23, One Love Foundation’s Escalation Program led by MU peer educators, SMC 18, p.m.
Red flags have also been placed around campus as part of The Red Flag Campaign.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 4 adolescents experiences verbal, physical, emotional, or sexual abuse from a dating partner each year. Dating violence includes any behavior that is used to manipulate, gain control, gain power; cause fear, or make a dating partner feel bad about himself or herself.
Consequences of Dating Violence Young people who experience abuse are more likely to be in fights or bring weapons to school, have higher rates of drug and alcohol abuse, and engage in high-risk sexual behaviors.
- On February 8, 2015 Karlie Hall, 18, was murdered inside her Bard Hall dorm room at Millersville University. "One of the great new resources, that we have started over the last year, is that Tuesdays we have a domestic violence counselor from Domestic Violence Services of Lancaster so, they are on campus for students," said Jayme Trogus, director of the Center for Health Education and Promotion.
Her boyfriend, Gregorio Orrostieta faces charges for allegedly strangling and beating her to death. Furthermore, the campus is participating in Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month.
Violent words and actions are tools an abusive partner uses to gain and maintain power and control over their partner.
Any young person can experience dating abuse or unhealthy relationship behaviors, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic standing, ethnicity, religion or culture.
Reporting Domestic Violence Against Yourself Reporting Domestic Violence Against a Loved One Community Q&A Domestic violence is also sometimes known as intimate partner violence or “battering.” It is a pattern of sexual, physical, psychological, and/or emotional abuse used by one partner to gain control over the other.
Whether you need to speak up on your own behalf or call on behalf of a loved one, reporting domestic violence is the first step to breaking its power.