Liz claiborne dating violence
"Many people don't want to believe that domestic violence affects this age group," says Lynch, "but the statistics show how shockingly prevalent the problem is, and thankfully, our legislation got an overwhelmingly supportive response — there were tears, hugs, and smiles, and behind it all a hope that from this tragedy would come education and results." When the Rhode Island law passed in July 2007, Ann Burke says she felt a real sense of satisfaction that she and Lynch were making a difference.
Now that the initiative — spearheaded by Lynch — has gone national, she is proud to be teaching the curriculum to educators.
One Grieving Mother's Crusade Ann Burke remembers her daughter, Lindsay, as an outgoing girl.
Lindsay grew up with Ann, her father, Chris, and her brother, also named Chris, in North Kingstown, RI.
The decision was unanimous: In June of this year, all 50 state attorneys general passed the Teen Dating Violence Education Resolution, which calls for every American student to learn about teen dating violence and abuse each and every year from grades seven through 12.
"We broadened our sight to the national scene, because all students, not just Rhode Island ones, deserve to have this information." Partner with educators to teach teens that love is not abuse. To learn more about Liz Claiborne's Love Is Not Abuse program and to download the free curriculum with talking points to get schools in your area involved, visit team up for the fifth annual It's Time to Talk Day.According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention research, one in 10 high school students report being a victim of physical dating violence.Even more startling, adolescents who report experiencing dating violence are also more likely to report binge drinking, suicide attempts, physical fighting, and current sexual activity.We will be choosing two REDBOOK readers from each state to join the MADE coalition as action leaders and advocates for teen dating education. Nominate yourself by emailing [email protected] the subject line "WWS Action Leader" and tell us why you believe relationship violence is an important issue and why you want to be involved.Be sure to include your full name, age, hometown, and contact information. Let's work together to make abusive relationships history.
Mark your calendar — and start a conversation: Talk to kids and parents about the signs of dating abuse, and talk to local schools about dating-violence education.