I find it ironic that February is the month dedicated to love, be it romantic or platonic. Millions of dollars are spent annually on gifts, whether it is a card, candy, special date or all of the above for Valentine’s Day. Valentine’s Day is recognized as a day that celebrates love.
It is also the month dedicated to increasing the awareness of Teen Dating Violence. How can we reconcile the two?
According to statistics provided by Health and Human Services web page: Nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner every year. Additionally it reports 1 in 3 teens has experienced some form of abuse by a dating partner.
The healthfinder.gov web site for February is also dedicated to Teen Dating Violence Awareness. It states more than 1 in 10 teens who have been on a date has also been physically abused by the dating partner in the last year.
Both of these web sites have information on what is being done to address this issue and information on how we can bring more awareness to the community at large.
We need to make addressing Teen Dating Violence an on-going issue not just in February but throughout the year.
One such vehicle designed to bring awareness to the public is the musical production “I Have This Friend”. Originated by Fix the Hurt it offers insight into teen dating violence in a stage production that is non-threatening to the targeted audience, young people and their families.
First presented in El Paso, Texas in February, 2012 I Have This Friend has been viewed live by over 5,000 teens in 5 states and many more youth have accessed the video version.
Please take a moment to visit our web site at Helpfixthehurt.org to view “trailers” of our plays and see the many ways you can help support our mission.
Wishing our friends and supporters a Happy Valentine’s Day.