Each February, we recognize Teen Dating Violence Awareness and throughout the month, the Office of the Governor invites all Alaskans to learn more about the issue and what they can do to prevent teen dating violence. Everyone has a role to play in preventing teen dating violence. As parents, adults, and community leaders, we play a key role in helping teens understand what a healthy relationship looks like. We do this by treating youth and adults with respect and by modeling fairness, honesty and equality in our personal and professional relationships. As parents, we must talk to our children about healthy relationships early and often. We know that many teenagers start to have their first serious romantic relationships during high school and early in college.
Facing up to the challenge of violence and gangs
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This is the third in a guest post series for Sexual Assault Awareness Month, highlighting the intersection between sexual assault and teen dating violence. For resources on teen dating violence, visit ThatsNotCool. The district attorney sat alone at the adjacent table, and all three of you stared at the old white judge who decided your fate. Your parents sat at the back of the small room, their backs against the walls, their eyes fixed on me. Then I testified, sitting not even five feet away from you. And then weeks later the judge gave you your sentence.
While training teenagers in self-defence and first aid is to be welcomed, much more is needed, and this crisis cannot be left to charity. In education, we need to start younger too. In some areas, there are huge pressures on children to be drawn into gangs.
From: Public Health Agency of Canada. Adolescence is a key time to provide young people with the knowledge and skills to develop healthy relationships that are free from violence and abuse. By engaging youth and providing resources and opportunities to learn about healthy relationships, we can change attitudes and promote gender equality, which contribute to ending dating violence and can pave the way for healthy relationships throughout life.