February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month
Navigating romantic relationships is one of the many challenge’s teens face as they are growing into adulthood. Adolescent relationships can be exciting and a healthy part of development. However, dangers can arise if teens experience unhealthy behaviors from an intimate dating partner. Teen dating violence (TDV) affects millions of teens in the United State each year.
TDV includes 4 types of behavior: physical violence, sexual violence, psychological aggression, and stalking. It can happen almost anywhere; both in-person or electronically.
Unhealthy, abusive, or violent relationships can have severe short-term and long-term consequences on developing teens.
Youth who are victims of TDV are more likely to:
- Experience symptoms of depression and anxiety
- Engage in unhealthy behaviors
- Exhibit antisocial behaviors, like lying, theft, bullying or hitting
- Think about suicide
- Have problems in future relationships
Teens in abusive relationships often hide the issue from family or friends. In fact only 9% of abused teens seek help. Understanding what healthy relationships are is an important part of preventing teen dating violence. Ensuring teens know they deserve to be respected, along with having open conversations about their relationships may encourage teens to seek help if they are in a relationship that becomes unhealthy.
Futures Without Violence has some great tips to talk to your teens about relationships.
Technology plays a major part in the lives of youth, as much of youth’s schoolwork and social interactions take place online. It is important that teens know the internet can be dangerous. Understanding digital, abuse is the first step protect the teens you love. Abusers can use technology to stalk their partners, send degrading messages, publicly pressure, or embarrass them, and pressure them for sex or sexually explicit photos. One common act of digital abuse involves tampering with a partner’s social media account. In fact, one in twelve teens in a relationship say their partner used their social media accounts without their permission.
Understanding what acceptable digital behavior is, and knowing how to set healthy digital boundaries, allows teens to help navigate the complex world of relationships in a digital world.
If you or someone you know needs to speak with an advocate about teen dating violence, or has questions about their relationship, contact Someplace Safe at 1.800.974.3359 or visit us online to chat with a trained advocate at www.someplacesafe.info.
Adjustments to Annual Fundraisers Keep Traditions Alive.
2021 is off and running and Someplace Safe is preparing for the annual spring fundraisers that our communities have grown to love. With social distancing and other Covid-19 precautions in place, things will look a little different. However, the spirit of giving and uniting as a community stands strong.
Raffle tickets are currently available for the Purple Power Raffle Fundraiser, benefitting the Someplace Safe Wilkin Advocacy Office. The Wilkin Drink and Eatery in Breckenridge will host the live raffle drawing, which will take place at 7:30 pm on February 18th.
There are 2 options for participating in the live raffle drawing:
OPTION 1: Join us Live at the Wilkin Drink & Eatery
Join us at the Wilkin Drink & Eatery on February 18th for food, drinks, and fun! Full menu is available, including food and drink specials. No admission fees. Table reservations are REQUIRED. Make your reservation by calling 218.643.3862. Please plan to make your table reservation for at least 4 people (max of 6 people per table).
*Refer to Purple Power Fundraiser for COVID-19 related mandates and restaurant capacity limits.
OPTION 2: View From Home on Facebook
Someplace Safe and the Wilkin Drink & Eatery are partnering up to bring the viewing party to you at home on February 18th. Leave the cooking to the Wilkin and order your favorite take-out food by calling 218.643.3862. Mention “Purple Power” when ordering to receive a complimentary slice of cheesecake (while supplies last). The live stream of the Raffle Drawing will begin at 7:30 on www.facebook.com/someplacesafewilkin. One lucky viewer will win the Purple Power “View-From-Home” gift basket!
You may email email@example.com to purchase raffle tickets. Call 218.643.3109 for more info.
The Someplace Safe Fergus Falls Advocacy Office is hosting the 18th annual Tea Fundraiser and Virtual auction. The Virtual Auction begins Saturday, February 6th at 9:00 a.m. and concludes Sunday, February 14th at 10:00 p.m. Register, view and bid on items at: betterunite.com/SomeplaceSafe-teafundraiser.
There are also plenty of ways you can support the Tea Fundraiser and Virtual Auction from the comfort of your home.
- Mail your gift to: Someplace Safe, PO Box 815, Fergus Falls, MN 56538-0815.
- Donate online by visiting our website at www.someplacesafe.info/donate and selecting "FFTea" as the designation.
- Send the text "@sps" to 52014 to donate via text message.
For more information contact 218.739.2853.
For a listing of all Someplace Safe upcoming fundraisers and events please visit: someplacesafe.info/events/calendar.html
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