FREE ACCESS: Wear orange Tuesday to support teens
February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month and Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020 has been nationally declared as “Wear Orange Day.”
Greene County Prosecutor’s Office Victim’s Advocate Vickie Aydt is asking the community to wear some type of orange Tuesday, take photos and share them to social media.
Aydt said the goal is to wear orange to show that Greene County is supporting teen victims of violence.
Aydt provided background on the movement, with statistics from www.loveisrespect.org, explaining TDVAM (Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month) is a month-long campaign dedicated to raising awareness about teen dating abuse. Every February, people across the United States join together for a national effort to bring awareness to teen dating violence.
Teen dating violence is more common than people think. One in three teens in the U.S. will experience physical, sexual, or emotional abuse by someone they are in a relationship with before they become adults. Nearly half (43%) of college women report experiencing violent and abusive dating behaviors.
“By coming together each February, we can raise awareness and stop dating abuse before it starts. Only by continuing to talk about these difficult issues can we call attention to teen dating violence. TDVAM is a critical opportunity to let people know that teen dating violence is happening and that it can be prevented, but we must continue this important conversation all year,” Aydt said.