Teen Dating Violence Awareness

Healthy Relationships at the Library

Love is Respect campaign logoThe Francis A. Gregory Library Teen Advisory Group chose to explore the issue of Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention this February. Teen volunteers created a display with posters all around the Teen Space and books on teen dating, relationship drama, abuse, sexuality and health. Our Teen of Distinction, Mariama Williams did some more digging and wrote a piece for our website. Read it below:

February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Prevention Month (NTDVM) is a way to get out the effects and the dangers of teen dating violence. The NTDVM website teendvmonth.org also highlights the warning signs of an unhealthy relationship and different websites that promote getting help if you need help and knowing when to get out of a relationship that is abusive in its nature. Like teendvmonth.org says, “No one is excluded when it comes to dating violence no matter what type of relationship it is.”

Did you know that only 33 percent of teens who were in a violent relationship ever told anyone about the abuse? Or, did you know that 81 percent of parents believe teen dating violence is not an issue or admit they don’t know if it is an issue? Or, did you know that being physically or sexually abused makes teen girls 6 times more likely to become pregnant and twice as likely to get an STI? These are all saddening statistics provided by the website loveisrespect.org – and they are true and scary.

At the library, we celebrated the week of Valentine’s Day as #RespectWeek. That week saw the biggest advocacy effort made worldwide by everyone associated with the cause. Feb. 11 was Wear Orange for Respect Day. That was the day where everyone was to wear orange for #RespectWeek, and also to get others aware of what this month is about and how they can help.  You can also learn more about healthy relationships through the Teen Health and Wellness website available through dclibrary.org Here are some books you can check out the talk about or deal with unhealthy teen relationships.

When Something Feels Wrong book cover When Something Feels Wrong: a Survival Guide About Abuse for Young People 
by Deanna Pledge
Rage: A Love Story Book Cover Rage: a Love Story 
by Julie Anne Peters
Bad Boy Book Cover Bad Boy
by Dream Jordan
-- Bobbie Dougherty & Mariama Williams