School preventing dating violence
We must have these conversations early, as a means to dispel many pervasive myths about love, and to establish a new norm for what a healthy relationship is. The program guides students to answer the following questions: What is a healthy relationship, and what are the red flags that a relationship may be abusive?What is important to me in a dating relationship and what do I deserve?Teens told the researchers that sometimes they didn’t step in because they wanted to avoid fanning the flames of teenage drama.Sometimes, they didn’t step in because they wanted to watch the drama unfold. “Watching them, it’s funny.” Students told the researchers that they sometimes post updates about a couple’s drama to social media to amplify the audience, along with a popcorn emoticon to show that they were sitting back and watching the show.School-Based Advocates facilitate groups of students who wish to build self-esteem and learn fun and useful skills in building healthy relationships.Often times these groups are created and co-facilitated with a school staff person.Participants will have the opportunity to hear from community-based providers who have developed culturally responsive prevention and intervention strategies, as well as youth-driven and youth-led prevention programs.
Lessons on sexual violence are often included as part of the Healthy Relationships curriculum.What are the goals of the Healthy Relationships Program? A 2009 survey conducted by Safe Futures found that in our area of Connecticut 12% of high school students have experienced physical violence in a dating relationship.Nationally, one in three adolescents is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner, a figure that far exceeds rates of other types of youth violence.More than nine in 10 students said that they had had at least one opportunity within the last year to intervene in situations of dating or sexual violence.Most students had more than one opportunity: On average, students reported five episodes in which they could have intervened.