Isn't it appropros that Valentine's Day and Teen Dating Violence Awareness fall on the same month? As I was writing this post, I decided to do a little background research on some stats and went (where else?) to Google to find some resources. Wow...what a lack of resources on this topic!! I don't know how long teen violence awareness month has been around, but hopefully, with the passing of time, the resources online with get larger and larger.
I was able to find some information about teen dating violence from our counselors at school. Did you know....
*As many as one in three teens will experience dating abuse? That means in the average classromom, as many as ten students could be hurt by their boyfriend or girlfriend - physically or emotionally.
*In the state of Texas, 3 out of 4 individuals between the ages of 16 and 24 have been affected by relationship violence, either personally or about someone they knew? That means that in the average classroom 75% of students are experiencing abuse or know someone who is.
Here's a list of some good online resources:
For more, here's a list of YA books that deals with teen dating violence:
Bad Boy Can be Good for a Girl by Tonya Lee Stone
Things change by Patrick Jones
Guyaholic by Carolyn Mackler
Beastly by Alex Flinn
Honey baby sweetheart by Deb Calletti
Playing with Matches by Brian Katcher
Played by Dana Davidson
Wild Roses by Deb Calletti
Inexcusable by Chris Lynch
Breaking up is Hard to Do short story collection edited by Nikki Burnham
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Dreamland by Sarah Dessen
Breathing Underwater by Alex Flinn
Touch by Francine Prose
Story of Girl by Sara Zarr
Who am I Without Him? short story collection by Sharon Flake
Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson
Stay by Deb Caletti
Make a display!! Work with counselors on this!! Let teachers know!! This affects all high school, either public or private, and who knows....you may be able to help a person break those chains through your involvement.