TEEN DATING VIOLENCE A FOCUS IN FEBRUARY
What is LOVE launches the I STAND FOR HEALTHY LOVE campaign, a month long series of events helping teens identify abusive love and build healthy relationships skills
Love shouldn’t hurt. That’s the message administrators and faculty at Santa Barbara Unified School District are trying to get across to teens as What is LOVE gears up to recognize February as National Teen Dating Violence Prevention Awareness Month.
Please join What is LOVE, Santa Barbara Public Library, and the Santa Barbara Youth Council at the downtown public library during February for a series of events and activities designed to increase awareness of Teen Dating Abuse and to educate our community’s teens, and parents about the importance of healthy relationships.
What is DATING ABUSE? The physical, sexual, digital, verbal, psychological/emotional abuse within a dating relationship, as well as stalking. It can occur in person or electronically and may occur between a current or former dating partner. ONE in THREE teens in Santa Barbara County experience dating abuse and most never ask for help.
DID YOU KNOW? Youth who are harmed by teen dating abuse are more likely to do poorly in school, binge drink, attempt suicide, engage in physical fighting, and have a greater likelihood of teen pregnancy. DATING ABUSE does not discriminate. Teens participating in or experiencing dating abuse come from lower-income families as well as upper income families. They represent the entire spectrum of racial and cultural colors, educational levels, and sexual orientation.
Monique Limon, Board of Education member shared, “I am excited that every effort is being made to help our students be successful. This includes helping our students understand and identify unhealthy relationships. I am thankful to Christy Haynes M.A. Psy, and her organization What is LOVE for partnering with the Santa Barbara Unified School District to change the troubling reality that one in three students in the county experiences dating abuse.”
February Month-long series of events
- 6-WEEK HEALTHY RELATIONSHIP WORKSHOPS: Begin this month at every high school
- TEEN ART WALL INSTALLATION AND ACTIVITIES: Located in the main Lobby of the Santa Barbara Public Library, 40 East Anapamu. PARENT TOOLS!
- Check out a book from the Library February Reading list in the Teen Corner
- Sign the I STAND FOR HEALTHY LOVE pledge at www.whatisLOVEteens.org
- TAKE the dating quiz
- Post a LOVE IS … healthy love quality on Social Media #whatisloveteens located in the Teen Corner.
- COMMUNITY SERVICE FOR EVERY ACTION YOU TAKE