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7 Things Everyone Could Do To Be a Better Ally During Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

Relationship violence doesn’t just occur among older adults. According to Loveisrespect.org, “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.” In order to spread awareness about this alarming statistic, Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month now occurs every February. This February, the Education and Outreach Coordinators at Planned Parenthood Great Plains are challenging each other to be better allies for teens. I challenge you to join us in doing the following:

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Check out Loveisrespect.org.

Check out Loveisrespect.org.

Loveisrespect.org has TONS of information about relationships, resources for educators, and fun polls and activities for teens. They will even be hosting a webinar on February 22nd at 2 PM Central for adult allies. Check it out for yourself. You might even learn a thing or two.

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Challenge yourself to read a new young adult novel.

Challenge yourself to read a new young adult novel.

Last month, I was asked to read "The DUFF" by Kody Keplinger for work and it opened my eyes to the various challenges teens face today that were nonexistent when I was young. It also helped remind me of the pressures from friends, dating, and school that make a person’s teenage years so stressful. Whether you decide to read "The DUFF" or another recently published book, I hope it will help you learn something new about teens today, while also allowing you to reminisce on the experiences you had during those years as well.

Looking for some inspiration about what to read? Check out http://time.com/5028652/top-10-young-adult-childrens-books-2017/ for a list of the most noteworthy young adult and children’s books of 2017.

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Check out some of the new young adult shows and movies on Netflix.

Check out some of the new young adult shows and movies on Netflix.

Whether you check out "Haters Back Off", "Riverdale", "Thirteen Reasons Why", or the multitudes of other new young adult shows on Netflix today, I guarantee you will not only be entertained, but you will also have a lot of original content to discuss with teens, which could pave the way for deeper topics of conversation.

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Wear orange on February 13th.

Wear orange on February 13th.

On February 13th, people around the world will be wearing orange, whether it be a t-shirt, hat, shoes, etc. in honor of Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. People are then asked to post pictures of themselves wearing orange on social media with the hashtag #orange4love.

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Read and share Loveisrespect's National Respect Announcement on social media.

Read and share Loveisrespect's National Respect Announcement on social media.

Loveisrespect.org is asking people to post the following announcement on social media on Thursday, February 15th:

“We’d like to remind you that everyone has the right to a healthy and safe relationship free of abuse. And, everyone has a hand in ending dating violence. Love has many definitions, but abuse isn’t one of them! If you or someone you know has a question about a relationship, healthy or unhealthy, visit loveisrespect.org or text “loveis” to 22522. We are here for you 24/7/365! Remember, hands unite when it comes to ending dating violence.”

Loveisrespect.org is asking people to use the hashtags #HandsUnite #DoYourPart #RespectWeek2018 #loveisrespect #loveisrespectofficial #teenDVmonth #DoYourPart #TeenDVmonth #orange4love when posting about Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month this February.

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Talk to someone.

Talk to someone.

Posting on social media is important, but sometimes just having a conversation about what you learned about this month with the people closest to you can be just as impactful.

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Continue to educate yourself, in order to be the best ally possible for teens all year round.

Continue to educate yourself, in order to be the best ally possible for teens all year round.

Intrigued and want to learn more? Check out Loveisrespect.org to learn more about Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month and check out https://www.plannedparenthood.org/learn/teens/relationships/relationships-101/having-healthy-relationship to learn more about healthy relationships from Planned Parenthood.