In Pennsylvania, nearly ten percent of high school students have already experienced physical abuse from a dating partner. On average, half of young victims are abused on school campuses. Despite this shocking prevalence of abuse and its proven negative impact on healthy development and education, Pennsylvania law does not require schools to address dating abuse.
It's not too late to join The Brick Campaign. Don't miss out on this opportunity to help youth in your neighborhood .
The winning Brick Layers will get Break the Cycle's [Ending Violence] for a school of their choice. With a month left in the campaign, anyone could win!
We spoke with competition leader Mae Philpott to get her take on the campaign:
Q: What was your inspiration for joining the Brick Campaign?
I truly believe in the importance of the work Break the Cycle does as well as the folks at Break the Cycle who do the work!
This May, Break the Cycle launches "Hear My Voice," our new LGBTQ public outreach campaign! With a new section just for LGBTQ teens and young adults on The Safe Space, a PSA to be aired this fall, and appearances at Pride Festivals in Southern California - we're proud to help the LGBTQ community find their voice and find a way to end violence.
If you or someone you know might be in an abusive relationship, visit www.loveisrespect.org to get more information.
-Published May 4th, 2010.
From the desk of Chai Shenoy,
To better help young survivors of dating abuse, Connecticut is considering legislation that would require all educators to receive training on dating violence.
Representative Gerald Fox III, along with youth leaders from the Stamford Youth Services Bureau and students from Stamford High, recently spoke out in support of the bill.
Break the Cycle is proud to premiere the Speak.Act.Change Girl Power Project in seven Girl Scout Councils across Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois and Texas. 120 select Girl Scouts Ambassadors will be trained as Peer Leaders to educate nearly 10,000 more middle and high-school aged Girl Scouts. "Paying it forward," those Girl Scouts will complete advocacy and service-learning activities designed to raise awareness among their peers.
Congratulations to Ohio on making The Tina Croucher Act law. Along with mandating teen dating violence education in grades 7-12, the new law also requires school districts to adopt a policy and provide staff training on dating abuse prevention.
Help get teen dating violence education in your state by becoming a card-carrying member of HOPE.
-Published on December 29, 2009
Break the Cycle collaborates with MTV on A Thin Line, an initiative empowering youth to stop the spread of digital abuse. The campaign launched with It's Time to Talk Day in New York, where Break the Cycle joined MTV, media and others to bring national attention to domestic violence.
-Published on December 3, 2009
A group of young boys beat and raped their classmate as a crowd of onlookers stood nearby. After this recent incident in which a fifteen-year-old Richmond girl was gang raped outside of her high school, many people are realizing just how prevalent and horrifying youth violence can be.
Sadly, crimes like these are not uncommon. According to the 2006 survey from the U.S. Department of Justice: