February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month!

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One in three teen are currently affected by Teen Dating Violence.  Together, we can change the stats!  The Center for Disease Control and the Ohio Department of Health consider violence against women, intimate partner violence, and sexual violence to be pervasive public health issues, but they also assert that these problems are preventable!  The Appalachian Peace and Justice Network and the Sexual Assault Prevention Program run free educational programming year round, working toward the goals of ending bullying, street harassment, sexual assault, and violence on the whole.  In addition to our normal programming, we’ll be reaching out to our community this month with additional displays in our libraries and school as well as public services announcements over our radio air waves and morning announcements in the schools.  We want you to know that we are here to help, and that we are dedicated to ENDING these problems.  Check out the Dating Bill of Rights below, and add your name to our list of pledges today!!!

DATING BILL OF RIGHTS

I have the right to:

  • Always be treated with respect.
  • Be in a healthy relationship.
  • Not be hurt physically or emotionally.
  • Refuse sex or affection at any time.
  • Do things apart from my partner.
  • End a relationship.

I pledge to:

  • Always treat my partner with respect.
  • Never hurt my partner in any way.
  • Respect my partner’s sexual boundaries.
  • Not be controlling or manipulative.
  • Accept responsibility for myself and my actions. 

If you or someone you has been.are in a an abusive relationship, see our Resources for Survivors page.  For more information about how to talk to your kids about sex and/or teen dating violence, see our Resources for Parents and Teachers page.

Sign the pledge below!

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