Advocates-Crisis Support Services: Stop the ‘quiet epidemic’

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To the editor:

February is now recognized as Teen Dating Violence Prevention and Awareness Month in Craig, Moffat County and at Moffat County High School.

Advocates-Crisis Support Services, Stopping Abuse Forever, (a teens against violence group), the city of Craig, Moffat County and MCHS have come together to demonstrate our commitment to ending teen dating violence, and supporting the numerous victims and survivors who are among us.

A portion of the proclamation is as follows:

Whereas, one in three adolescent girls in the United States is a victim of physical, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner; and …

Whereas, high school students who experience physical violence in a dating relationship are more likely to use drugs and alcohol, engage in risky sexual behavior, are at a greater risk of suicide and are much more likely to carry patterns of abuse into future relationships; and …

Whereas, the establishment of Dating Violence Prevention and Awareness Month will benefit young people, their families, schools and communities regardless of socioeconomic status, gender, sexual orientation or ethnicity; and …

Now, therefore, we urge all residents of Craig and Moffat County to work toward ending teen dating violence by empowering young people to develop healthier relationships, assisting victims in accessing the information and supportive services they need, creating better and more resources for prevention policies in schools and engaging in discussions with family members and peers to promote awareness and prevention of the “quiet epidemic” of teen dating violence.

For more information, please call Advocates-Crisis Support Services at 824-9709.

You may also visit www.loveisrespect.org, or call 1-866-331-9474, a project of the National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline.

Thank you for your support.

Advocates-Crisis Support Services

Communities 4 Healthy Relationships

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