February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM). This month we ask that you help bring awareness of teen dating violence to your school, friend group, community or church groups.

One in three teens in the U.S. will experience physical, sexual, or emotional abuse by someone they are in a relationship with before they become adults.

When we talk about dating violence, we don’t often think of teens. Unfortunately, we know that teen dating abuse is all too common and it’s time we not only start thinking about it, but start talking about it, raising awareness about this issue and putting an end to ALL dating violence.

In a single year, nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner.

Talking about teen dating violence with your students, children, nieces/nephews, friends or loved ones doesn’t have to be as scary as you think. There are some simple ways to bring awareness to your community, and LoveIsRespect.org has shared some great plans and resources with you. Based on the ideas put forth by ‘Love Is Respect’, here is what we at Power Up, Speak Out! are doing this month; we hope you can join us:

  • We have asked our local middle and high school to read the following announcement:
    • “February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month and 2020 marks the 10th anniversary of efforts to end Dating Violence. Enough is enough! Everyone deserves healthy relationships. We can influence change in how we treat our partners and how we respond to acts of abuse. Let’s take action and put an end to dating violence. Join teens across the country on February 11th in wearing orange to raise awareness, If you or someone you know is experiencing dating violence please call the Domestic and Sexual Violence Service helpline at (406)425-2222 or email powerupspeakout@gmail.com
  • We will wear orange on February 11th in honor of National TDVAM and to show our support of victim/survivors across the nation.
  • What Were You Wearing-Together with our local Art Guild, we have brought the art installation ‘What Were You Wearing’ to our town for the month of February. If you live near Carbon County, MT, Please come check this out at the Red Lodge Art Guild! This is an art installation created to ‘educate people that clothing does not cause sexual assault’.
  • We are writing an Op-Ed to our local paper to raise awareness of TDVAM and give parents and community members more information on how relevant this issue is in their community and what they can do to address it.

By learning just one thing about teen dating violence and sharing that with someone you know, everyone, no matter their age, can make a difference.

If you would like to learn more, or learn just #1Thing about teen dating violence, please check out this very helpful Educator/helper guide from ‘Love Is Respect’:

Easy to use Educator Guide

We hope you and your school, town, or community are able to join us in raising awareness and putting an end to teen dating violence!

*Quotes and statistics can be found at loveisrespect.org