One in three young people experience physical, sexual, or emotional abuse from a dating partner. This is an epidemic. Despite the urgency of this issue, survivors between the ages of 12-18 often have limited access to legal protections, including civil protection orders or restraining orders.
As adult allies, we work with youth to help them build healthy relationships, we work to provide much needed help services but most importantly we work to empower youth to become today’s change to stand up and speak out and that is exactly what these amazing young people are doing.
Creating a culture without abuse takes all of us. With one in three young people experiencing some form of dating abuse, it is essential that we take a serious step toward deconstructing unhealthy relationships, and our beliefs about them. Your voice matters, and getting involved is the first step to raising awareness about dating abuse and creating healthy relationships!
Dating abuse affects everyone. It knows no boundaries and crosses all barriers. It can happen to anyone, at any time, at any age. This isn't just reflect in what we see in our lives -- it's in the statistics. Shockingly, one in three young people will experience some form of dating abuse, but two-thirds will never report it.
During teenDVmonth, we've asked our National Youth Advisory Board to guest write blogs. This week's youth perspective is brought to you by Nicole De Sario, Executive Team Member.
As you may know, the National Youth Advisory Board for loveisrespect consists of 24 youth aged 14-24 from all over the country. I asked the members to explain why teen dating violence awareness month is so important to them, and to this movement. Some of their thoughts are included below:
On behalf of the Break the Cycle Board of Directors, I am delighted to announce that the new Chief Executive Officer of Break the Cycle is Amy Sánchez. Amy is widely respected in the domestic violence field, and has a history of building organizations that engage communities to end violence.
Last month, Break the Cycle staff participated in the Trauma Informed Care Roundtable, conducted by the Sexual Violence Justice Institute (SVJI) of the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault.
Going through a breakup is always difficult, no matter the circumstances. But going through a breakup after being in an unhealthy relationship can feel even worse. It’s important to remember you’re not alone and have the support of family and friends to get you through this tough time. Plus, it’s necessary to remember that a breakup is temporary -- the feeling will not last forever. Here are some ways to help recover after a breakup:
You’ve just gone through a breakup. It’s intense, painful, and sad. These feelings are totally natural and expected. Despite these common feelings, many people don’t want to accept or understand that their relationship has ended. What do you do when you break up with someone who won’t let go, especially if you were in an unhealthy or abusive relationship?
Rely On Your Support Systems