In recent years, concerns have grown over the increasing rate of teen dating violence that unfortunately has become a significant problem in young relationships in our communities. It has become so widespread that 1 in 3 adolescents in the US fall victim to teen dating violence. When teens finally realize they are in danger, they often become too embarrassed or scared to report the abuse. Teen dating violence ranges from emotional and verbal abuse to rape and even murder.
National campaigns to spread awareness of this epidemic hope to make it easy for youth to seek help and to encourage them to prevent and respond to teen dating violence. It is important that awareness is raised so that teens have access to resources where they learn conflict management and problem solving skills. Community and school-based programs to combat teen dating violence have shown promising results. There is hope for our youth to overcome this problem.
Here at CalVCP, we understand that this abuse can cause physical, emotional, and sexual insecurities that carry into adulthood. CalVCP is participating in the campaign to spread awareness of this epidemic and to warn individuals of the long-term behavioral and health consequences. The campaign will help prevent future generations from falling victim to this tragedy, and to treat those experiencing it now.
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