Forum on Teen Dating & Violence
Teens and parents are invited to Catamount Connections at 504 Main Street in Bennington on Tuesday, February 26, for a forum on teen dating violence from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Free snacks and activities will be provided. February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, and sponsors Project Against Violent Encounters (PAVE), ACT Bennington, and Catamount Connections are helping to create awareness and help stop teen dating abuse before it starts.
PAVE Youth Educator Mike Dreiblatt reports dating violence is more common than many people think; one in three teens in the U.S. will experience physical, sexual or emotional abuse by someone they are in a relationship with before they become adults, and nearly half (43 percent) of dating college women report experiencing violent and abusive dating behaviors. “One of the most important things parents can do is keep the lines of communication open with your kids,” says ACT member Melissa Mears.
Take steps to make a difference and stop teen dating violence: Be a role model by treating your kids and others with respect; talk to your kids about healthy relationships before they start dating; and get involved with efforts to prevent dating violence at your teen’s school. If you are worried about your teen, you can call 802-442-2111. See more at breakthecycle.org/surveys.