Teen dating violence is a form of domestic violence that impacts all students, whether they are the victims, perpetrators, bystanders or friends. 1 in 5 students who have been in a serious relationship report being hit, slapped or pushed by a boyfriend or girlfriend. Teen dating abuse is a serious public health problem.
February is Teen Dating Awareness Month!
Thank you to Pittsford Sutherland High School’s Runway for Relief for their efforts in teen dating awareness. Runway for Relief is a student-run club at Sutherland High School dedicated to helping men, women, and children in dangerous living situations while simultaneously sharing their love of fashion and bringing the community together. This incredible group of students made the PSA below in honor of their fifth annual Runway for Relief Fashion Show.
WHAM 13 aired this segment on Teen Dating Violence in our community, highlighting electronic leashing, a form of digital abuse.
Many of the worst incidents of dating violence occur at school.
Willow Center seeks to address this issue of teen dating violence through our Prevention Education programs. Find out more here.
Are you in an abusive relationship?
Ask yourself these questions:
Does the person you are seeing (like a boyfriend or a girlfriend):
- Treat you well?
- Respect you (including what you feel comfortable doing sexually)?
- Give you space to hang out with your friends?
- Let you wear what you want to wear?
If you answered YES—it sounds like they care about you.
And on a bad day, how often does the person you are seeing:
- Shame you or make you feel stupid?
- Pressure you to go to the next step when you’re not ready?
- Control where you go, or make you afraid?
- Grab your arm, yell at you, or push you when they are angry or frustrated?
Nobody deserves to be treated this way. If these things ever happen in your relationship, talk to someone about it.
If you, or someone you know may be in an unhealthy relationship, there is help out there!
- The National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline is a 24 hour hotline created specifically for teens and young adults. Call 1-866-331-9474
- Check out loveisrespect.org.
- Talk to a School Nurse or Guidance Counselor
- Call Willow Center’s 24 Hour Hotline (585) 222-SAFE (7233)