February marks 10 years of recognizing teen dating violence

The year 2020 marks the 10th anniversary of National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention month. What began as a week of awareness and prevention in 2006 expanded in 2010 with congress declaring the entire month of February to the cause. At the time, President Obama called on all Americans to “stand against dating violence when we see it.”

According to the US government website dedicated to youth, an estimated 1 in 10 teens will experience dating violence of some sort and the CDC reports that “26% of women and 15% of men who were victims of contact sexual violence, physical violence, and/ or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime first experienced these or other forms of violence by that partner before age 18.” Also, youth victims of teen dating violence are more likely to experience depression and anxiety, become antisocial, bully others, use drugs and alcohol, and think about suicide.

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