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  Dating Violence Abuse Prevention Week February 6-12,  

Teen Dating Violence (DV) Prevention and Awareness Month is a national effort to raise awareness about abuse in teen and 20-something relationships and promote programs that prevent it during the month of February.

Congress followed the lead of dozens of national, state and local organizations in sounding the call to end dating abuse. Both Chambers declared the first full week in February "National Teen Dating Violence Prevention and Awareness Week." Then in 2010, Congress began dedicating the entire month of February to teen dating violence awareness and prevention.

Proclamation (printer-friendly/pdf) Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has officially proclaimed February 2012 to be Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month in New York State. Please note: The above link goes to the 2011 Proclamation. The 2012 Proclamation will be posted when it becomes available.

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 * Begin education on social network. How? Writing Testimonials, blogging. Placing a picture of you and your friends wearing purple and red or just yourself. Then on your status, Say Something like Hands are for holding, Not Hitting! Dating Violence Abuse Prevention Week is February 6-12 Support our cause by pressing share.

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 * Make creative events, poetry slam, teen dating violence monologues, dancing and music talent shows. Art shows, photography gallery, the sky is the limit.

* Another important move is media, let others know what you are doing in your community through the media, TV, radio, News Paper. What events you are doing and what you are trying to accomplish.  

"The schools play an important role when it comes down to protecting children against violence. Violence is one of the principal reasons why children don't go to school. It's also one of the causes of the alarming school dropout rates."
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Shakira

 

For Boys Only

Violence is a difficult subject for many to talk about. But domestic violence is an especially hard subject for young men to discuss. While the U.S. Department of Justice reports that more than 85% of all relationship abuse victims are female and most abusers are male, men, too, can be victims of domestic violence.

In society, boys are surrounded by messages telling them to "be a man," "be strong," "don't cry," "be in control," and "know how to fight." But it is important for young men to know that they can stop violence in dating relationships.

When kids see friends act abusively and don't speak up, it shows abusers that their behavior is okay. Abusers may not realize that their behavior is inappropriate. It is important for kids to get involved and speak out against violence they witness.

 

Some dating 101

Ten Warning Signs of Abuse

While there are many warning signs of abuse, here are ten of the most common abusive behaviors:

  • Checking your cell phone or email without permission
  • Constantly putting you down
  • Extreme jealousy or insecurity
  • Explosive temper
  • Isolating you from family or friends
  • Making false accusations
  • Mood swings
  • Physically hurting you in any way
  • Possessiveness
  • Telling you what to do

* Get accountability partner when you begin to date and speak to that person about the relationship. This should be someone you trust and can confide in.

**If you are in a dating relationship that feels threatening, uncomfortable, tense, or even frightening, trust your feelings. Reach out to a trusted adult or call the 24-hour, toll-free, all-language New York City Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-621-HOPE (4673) or the multi-lingual Youthline at 800-246-4646 to speak to a trained advocate. Victims of abuse who have been sexually assaulted should also call the Rape/Sexual Assault/Incest Hotline to speak with a trained advocate at 212-227-3000.