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LETTER: All of us have role in preventing teen dating violence

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February is National Teen Dating Violence Prevention and Awareness Month. One in three adolescents in the U.S. will be a victim of physical, verbal, emotional or sexual abuse from a dating partner.

Dating violence, like any other intimate partner violence, is a pattern of controlling and abusive behaviors of one person over another within a romantic relationship. It knows no boundaries and crosses all lines of race, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, etc.

All people have a right to safe and healthy friendships. Crisis Connection Inc. has taken the lead with community partners in conducting primary prevention efforts. We are so grateful for those who share their time, talent or treasure with Crisis Connection.

There are many ways that you can take part to make a difference:

• Take the time to educate yourself and others about teen dating violence. The following Web sites offer information about teen dating violence and what you can do to help:

www.crisisconnectioninc.org/teens/dating_violence.htm

www.stopbullying.gov

www.loveisrespect.org

www.cdc.gov/chooserespect

• “Like” our agency on Facebook

• Learn more about Senate Enrolled Act 316, Heather’s Law. Many area schools have already actively collaborated with us on providing healthy relationship education including use of ‘Safe Dates’ curriculum. Contact our Community Education Department at (812) 482-1555 for information.
 
JOAN KNIES, NATALIE BOLIN
Community Education Specialists
Crisis Connection Inc.

(More letters appear in our print edition.)