According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 1.5 million high school students every year in the United States experience physical, emotional, and/or sexual abuse.

Only a third of those who had experienced dating violence told someone about it.

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This February, let’s start the conversation about teen dating violence. Let’s talk about the subtly of emotional abuse and how it can be the cornerstone of all other types of abuse. Let’s identify that physical abuse is more than punching and can be done by both genders.

But let’s also realize that the prevention of teen dating violence isn’t limited to identifying unhealthy behaviors. It is also about understanding the language of consent, empathy, respect, communication, trust, and independence.

Let’s equip the adults in their lives on how to model healthy relationships, recognize abusive patterns and how to address abusive behavior with teenagers. Let’s work together to create a space for awareness and prevention of dating violence.

This February, let’s start the conversation about teen dating violence.

To learn more about the dating violence prevention program, "Love in Texts" and other presentations available through the ECCC, contact Gena or Desare at 254.629.3223. All presentations are subject to review and can be accommodated to meet logistical and group requests.