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February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Teen dating violence is more common than you think, especially among teens and young adults. 1 in 3 U.S. teens will experience physical, sexual, or emotional abuse from someone they’re in a relationship with before they become adults. And nearly half (43%) of U.S. college women report experiencing violent or abusive dating behaviors. *Information taken from www.loveisrespect.org

Each February, young adults and their loved ones across the nation raise awareness about the issue of teen dating violence through Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM). This annual, month- long effort focuses on advocacy and education to stop dating violence.

This year’s theme is “Be About It“. The theme was selected by Love is Respect Youth Council. We’re asking teens to be about the following:

  • Be about education
  • Be about engagement
  • Be about safety online
  • Be about empowerment
  • Be about community

Respect week is 2/6-2/10 with wear orange day on Tuesday February 7th. We’re asking teens, educators, parents, and community partners to wear orange in honor of TDVAM.

OCRCC will partner with Compass Center, Durham Crisis and Response Center, and Zeta Phi Beta sorority and will host a virtual event near the end of February. We will keep you posted on the date and time of this event.