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The New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence to Launch Statewide Campaign During Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month
Concord, NH –This February high schools across NH will participate in the first ever statewide teen dating violence awareness project. Granite State RESPECT Week was developed by the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence (NHCADSV) and its 13 member programs and will run from Monday, February 13th through Friday, February 17th. The need for a teen-centered campaign is evident as Loveisrespect reports that 1 in 3 adolescents in the U.S. are a victim of physical, sexual, emotional, or verbal abuse from a dating partner and according to the 2015 New Hampshire Youth Risk Behavior Survey, up to 20% of New Hampshire youth experience teen dating violence.
Goals of Granite State RESPECT Week:
NH teachers are energized to take action and excited about the opportunity to participate in this project. “We want to empower students to make healthy choices and we are excited for our student body come to come together for a week filled with respect,” said Leslie Barrie, a physical education and health teacher at Concord High School. “Concord High School is excited about implementing Granite State RESPECT Week! RESPECT Week takes our health class curriculum and makes it a schoolwide initiative,” Barry shared.
Each day of Granite State RESPECT Week has an identified theme, school-wide activities, and social media challenges to engage teens in important conversations around healthy and respectful relationships. Additionally, each day emphasizes the resources available to students, including the crisis center in their area that collaborates with schools to provide age-appropriate prevention education and confidential support services to teens in need of help. Schools and students are encouraged to share their Granite State RESPECT Week experiences widely using #RespectWeekNH. This hashtag will be used in daily social media challenges to award prizes and recognize students across the state for their efforts in raising awareness about teen dating violence.
NH High Schools committed to participate in Granite State RESPECT Week 2017:
For more information on Granite State RESPECT Week, click here.
Teen Dating Violence Statistics:
NHCADSV is a statewide network of 13 independent member programs committed to ending sexual violence, domestic violence, and stalking, through direct services to victims, community education, and public policy advocacy. The NHCADSV and its 13 member programs do not discriminate based on gender, age, health status (including HIV-positive), physical, mental, or emotional ability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, socio-economic status, race, national origin, immigration status, or religious or political affiliation. For more information visit www.nhcadsv.org.