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February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month.
Whether we have been in this situation or not, we have been in situations where someone who we know may have experienced dating violence. We want to ensure that everyone is safe and no matter the situation, violence is never the answer.
So we came across this really insightful video about Teen Dating Violence – its a short PSA produced by young adults detailing how teen dating violence can be just as serious a problem as adult domestic violence.
The video is available on turningpoinct.org home page under ‘Check This Out’… watch here: https://turningpointct.org/
If you know anyone who is in need of help, there is information available on turningpointct.org under the resources page that you can use to help that person. Follow this link: https://turningpointct.org/resources/support-by-topic/
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One Reply to “Acknowledging Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month”
Thanks for sharing this video! It’s nice to see some real PSA’s out there that we can relate to. I’m just so sad that I still have to read and hear about dating violence period… let alone among teens. I remember my friend’s younger sister dated a guy who was a few years older than she was. This was her first relationship and she did not know too much about right and wrong. Their communication was terrible and the way in which he reacted to a lot of things, were really triggering. A lot of times when teens date, that’s their first time entering into real intimacy– Spending time with someone for long periods of time, doing things that you have seen other people in relationships do, and maybe even having sex for the first time. From my experiences, teens enter into a different world that sometimes, a lot of them aren’t ready for… not b/c of their age… but bc they haven’t seen positive examples of what a “good” relationship looks like, they don’t know how to talk to one another when feelings get hurt, they spend too much time together, or are just overwhelmed. Whatever the reason, teens need to know that a relationship with someone requires a lot of hard work (believe it or not), patience, self reflection, time, love, care, and affection. People like different things but the fact of the matter is, the two people in the relationship need to be secure enough within themselves to indulge and need/want to open their minds and hearts. It’s a different world almost.. and a lot of people can’t handle it. I feel as if that’s when the drama and situations develop, incidents happen and people’s lives get changed forever. There’s no right way to tell anyone how to deal with something but I can confidently say, violence is never the answer with your partner!
Since relationships and dating are inevitable as humans, I think its important to learn good behaviors and to practice them. We all need to be aware of how we treat people and vice versa. There are tons of films for young adults about relationship violence and to my knowledge, as of recent, there have been a few films being shown to students in high schools and colleges.
Coming up in Greenwich, there’s a film (that I havent seen yet) about relationship violence and I think this one is a must see. I’ve heard good things about it and I wish that I would have had the opportunity to watch something like this when I was in school. I think this could’ve helped a lot of us and could’ve saved lives.
Join others at the YWCA, in collab with One Love Foundation, for the film screening of Escalation,a short film that has been shown nationally in over 500 high schools and colleges that highlights the earliest warning signs of relationship violence between young adults. Lets get the conversation started about teen dating violence in our community
Tuesday, February 28th
The film will be followed by an interactive Q and A!
Here is the flyer for the event: https://turningpointct.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/EscalationYWCA-2.28.17-final.pdf