Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Wearing Orange for Teen Dating Violence Awareness

February is Teen Dating Violence Prevention and Awareness Month.

TeenDVmonth is now in its fifth year and awareness and prevention is growing strong. For years, young people across the nation have organized to put a stop to dating abuse. After teen dating abuse was highlighted in the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act in 2005, Congress declared the first full week in February "National Teen Dating Violence Prevention and Awareness Week." In 2010, they dedicated the entire month of February to teen dating violence awareness and prevention. This year, the National Youth Advisory Board for loveisrespect.org is inviting you to make an impact by participating in the second annual National Respect Announcement thunderclap! The National Respect Announcement, formerly National School Announcement, began five years ago – students from across the country read the announcement over their high school P.A. systems on Valentines’ Day. The announcement reaches thousands of youth each year and for the second time this year we’re incorporating social media to reach even more young people! The goal of the National Respect Announcement is to take a moment to stop and remember that love has many definitions but abuse is not one of them. By participating in this thunderclap, you will join us in promoting respect and healthy relationships and help connect young people to valuable help resources like loveisrespect’s text and chat line which is run by peer advocates 24/7.

On February 10, join Wear Orange 4 Love, by getting as many people as you can to wear something orange in honor of teenDVmonth. Wear orange shirts, nail polish, ribbons, jewelry, shoes or anything else you can think of. Tell people why you are wearing orange and post pictures and updates on Twitter using #Orange4Love #RespectWeek2015 or facebook.com/loveisrespectpage.

{All information is from the Love Is Respect webpage}  

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