Thirteen-year-old Nyliah Jones, a seventh-grader at Shue-Medill Middle School, holds up a anti-cyber bullying sign during the signing of a proclamation declaring it Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month at Shue-Medill Middle School Wednesday morning. The hope is to improve on national statistics that show one in three teens experience abuse in dating relationships and that two-thirds of them never report it.
While the Grosmaire and Mc Bride families have a poignant message of forgiveness and love to share, I cannot overlook that this story is also about teen dating violence.
So, from a primary prevention — or stopping before it starts — standpoint, we want to be communicating healthy relationships messages to adolescents.
Over a one-year period, about 19 per cent of teen respondents reported dating violence.John Carney signed a proclamation declaring it Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month.The state can't just wait until another teen is killed in a violent domestic assault before it tries to make a difference, the Delaware Coalition Against Domestic Violence said Wednesday.Maggie Nicholson, a team leader for community-based services at the YWCA, and Jennifer Daly from Girls Inc.led the seventh- and eighth-grade girls in a discussion about media portrayals of women and the pressure - even by doctoring images - to look a certain way.