Oh, For the Love of…

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by JAK’s guest mom blogger from Racine, Olivia Osborne

February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. It is now in its fifth year and awareness and prevention is growing strong. This month provides an excellent opportunity for our community to demonstrate its commitment to ending teen dating violence and support the numerous victims and survivors who are among us. One in ten high school students have been purposefully hit, slapped or physically hurt by a boyfriend or girlfriend.  Read more…These violent relationships have serious consequences for victims – putting them at higher risk for substance abuse, eating disorders, risky sexual behavior, suicide and adult re-victimization. Now is the time to educate ourselves about the seriousness of teen dating violence and the prevalence of this epidemic in our lives.

 

SafeStart, a program of Women’s Resource Center (WRC) geared specifically toward teens,  is organizing a day of public awareness events for Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (February). “Rally for Love” and the “Teen Dating Violence Awareness Conference” will be held on February 13, 2015.

“The Rally for Love” and the “Teen Dating Violence Awareness Conference” were created to bring awareness and education into our community.”

The Rally for Love will begin at 2:00 pm. outside the Racine County Courthouse on the east side of the building. Participants will then walk to Racine City Hall for a proclamation presentation by Racine Mayor John Dickert. Following the presentation, participants will walk back to the Racine County Courthouse. Participants in the rally are encouraged to wear orange, the awareness color for teen dating violence, and to dress appropriately for the weather.

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The Teen Dating Violence Awareness Conference will begin immediately following the Rally for Love. It will be held at Racine Gateway Technical College. Featured speakers include Danny Thang Ho, R.E.A.C.H. Coordinator and Cody Warner, Youth Outreach Prevention Coordinator, both from End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin, Wisconsin’s Domestic Violence Coalition. Breakout sessions will include topics such as healthy dating, empowering teens, and what we can do as a community to eradicate teen dating violence.

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Participation in the rally and/or the conference is free however registration is required for the conference portion. Adults and teens are welcome to attend either event or both events. To register or for more information on the “Rally for Love” or “The Teen Dating Violence Awareness Conference” please contact Olivia Osborne by email at oosbornewrc@gmail.com, by phone at(262)633-3274 or visit SafeStart’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Safe-Start-Racine

For more information about Women’s Resource Center, please call (262) 633-3274 or visit www.wrcracine.org

About our guest blogger: Olivia Osborne, a mom of two has a BA in Criminal Justice and is the SafeStart prevention Specialist, a program of the Women’s Resource Center.

 

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