GENESEE COUNTY— Church and social youth groups are invited to participate in “Love is Respect” — a Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Forum.
Sponsored by the Flint Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority’s Social Action Committee, the Forum will be held 10 a.m. to noon, Feb. 1, at Mt. Olive Baptist Church, 1601 Fay St. in Flint. Registration begins promptly at 9:30 a.m.
The keynote speaker will be Dr. Recco Richardson of Richardson Consulting. Workshops include, “Teen Dating Violence: It Just Doesn’t Happen to the Girl Next Door,” and “Cyber Dating Violence: Parents Be Aware.”
The forum will have separate breakout sessions for young ladies, young men, and a special session for parents. Lunch will be served.
The Deltas will also be awarding $50 for program funding, to the group that has the most participants in attendance.
Now in its fourth year, February is proclaimed “Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month” (TDVAPM) by President Barack Obama,
It’s estimated that each year, 1 in 10 teens are hurt intentionally by someone they are dating, according to statistics quoted in the Deltas press release. One in 4 teens self-report that they are victims of physical, verbal, emotional or sexual abuse every year. But many teens in abusive relationships never tell anyone.
Destructive relationships during the teen years can lead to life-long unhealthy relationship practices, may disrupt normal development, and can contribute to other unhealthy behaviors in teens that, if left unchecked, can lead to problems over a lifetime.
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority stands with those committed to ending the cycle of violence that affects too many of our sons and daughters.
For catering purposes, everyone interested in attending the forum is asked to RSVP with a number of participants.
For additional information contact, Karon Price, Chairperson, at (810) 624-6127.
Love is Respect is also the theme for nationwide TDVAPM activities and a website provided by Break the Cycle and the National Dating Abuse Helpline. More than 1.3 million teens and adults participated last year in TDVAPM activities nationwide.
Through the website at www.loveisrespect.org, the group provides a place where teens and others can anonymously ask confidential questions about legal rights and responsibilities.
The website dispels common misperceptions about dating abuse and violence to increase awareness that abuse is not the victim’s fault; telling someone to leave a bad relationship is not a solution and no community or relationship is immune to dating violence,
Some other statistics:
• Nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner in a single year.
• One in three girls in the US is a victim of physical, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner, a figure that far exceeds rates of other types of youth violence.
• One in 10 high school students has been purposefully hit, slapped or physically hurt by a boyfriend or girlfriend.
• One quarter of high school girls have been victims of physical or sexual abuse or date rape.
• Girls and young women between the ages of 16 and 24 experience the highest rate of intimate partner violence, almost triple the national average.