Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month 


February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Teen dating violence can happen in any romantic, dating, or sexual relationship. It can happen to anyone, anytime, anywhere. One in three adolescents in the United States is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional, or verbal abuse from a dating partner but 81% of parents don’t believe it’s an issue. Throughout the month we will be including blog posts and information regarding how to talk to your teens about dating violence. We encourage you to share this information on social media or throughout your family and friends. Teen Dating Violence is a national effort to raise awareness on teen dating abuse and to promote healthy relationships. Here are a few of the events we are participating in:

Teen DV Awareness Month Blog: TESSA staff and volunteers will be crafting short blog posts to provide information and raise awareness for Teen DV Month throughout February.The posts will be relatively short, covering everything from teaching your child consent from an early age, talking to your child about dating violence, and responding to red flag warnings, etc. Read our first post, "Why Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month Matters," by clicking here.

February 8-12 is Respect Week, visit loveisrespect.org/resources/teendvmonth/ to download the Respect Week Guide for information and ideas on activates for your school or group.

February 9 is National Wear Orange Day, a day of awareness to wear orange to honor Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Use the hashtags #Orange4Love and #RespectWeek2016 to follow the national conversation and post your own pictures and updates in support of TDVAM.

February 12 help distribute the National Respect Announcement. Share it on social media, read it to the groups you are a part of, or the classroom you are in.

TESSA will be participating in Twitter chats hosted by Love is Respect, a national organization working to combat teen dating violence, follow the hashtag #teenDVchat for more information.

February18 at 6:00pm CST A Deeper Look at Boundaries co-hosted by That’s Not Cool, an initiative of Futures Without Violence

During this chat, we’ll be diving deeper into what happens when boundaries are violated and how to have difficult conversations with your partner.

Saturday, February 20 at 7:00 pm and Sunday, February 21 at 2:00 pm: MOSAIC and the LGBT Resource Center are partnering together for a two-night benefit production of Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues. The shows will take place in Berger Hall on the UCCS Campus.  Tickets are on sale now at the UC Info Desk and are $5 for students with an ID and $8 for all others.  All proceeds from the event will go to TESSA.

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, we’d like to remind you that everyone deserves a safe and healthy relationship. Remember, love has many definitions, but abuse isn’t one of them. If you or someone you know has a question about a relationship, healthy or unhealthy, visit loveisrespect.org or text “loveis” to 22522.

For more information on any of these activities, contact Claire Chadwick at cchadwick@tessacs.org or 719-785-6842.



Love is Respect provides peer mentors 24/7 online, by text and by phone for youth and young adults.


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