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DASH at 7th Annual K-9 Krawl

Join us at the 7th Annual K-9 Krawl! Bring your favorite pooch and walk to raise awareness about domestic violence and the link to animal abuse. Saturday, October 19, 8:30am registration at the Fairfax County Government Center, Fairfax, Virginia. FREE. Sponsored by the FCPS Victims Services Section, the Fairfax County Police Department and the Fairfax County Law Enforcement Foundation.

For more information, click: K-9 Krawl flyer 2013

New study – 9% admit sexual violence

A new survey of young people ages 14-21  by the Center for Innovative Public Health Research in San Clemente, Calif., and the University of New Hampshire shows that 9% admitted to using sexual violence such as forced kissing, sexual touching or intercourse. The study, published in the Oct.7, 2013 issue of  JAMA Pediatrics, surveyed 1,058 people.  Coercive tactics such as arguing, pressuring or making the victim feel guilty were most used by perpetrators.

Another disturbing trend was that half of perpetrators blamed their victim for the sexual violence: “Because victim blaming appears to be common while perpetrators experiencing consequences is not, there is urgent need for high school (and middle school) programs aimed at supporting bystander intervention.”

Intervention and speaking out are vitally important to our mission at DASH. We ask everyone to take our pledge: Dating Abuse Stops Here, with me. I will not accept it, I will not perpetrate it and I will speak out if I see it happening. By making others aware of teen dating abuse we can help to reverse these disturbing statistics.

Read the entire article at Live Science.

Lycee International welcomes DASH


Earlier this year, Frankie Russell presented DASH to the American Student Council at her school, the Lycee International, in the Parisian suburbs. The Student Council is an assembly of pupils from 6-12 grade who are elected each year to represent their classmates. They meet every week to share relevant information across the grades in all kinds of areas, such as student life, health and well-being, and current events in the USA. As a result of Frankie’s presentation, DASH was invited to be present at the annual American Section picnic, which was attended by some 500 American Section families. Frankie and her two friends, Camille and Dalia, did an amazing job of sharing information about dating abuse to parents and students, and the response was amazing. There was a sea of green bracelets, and the statement was made loud and clear in France! Dating Abuse Stops Here.



DASH at ExxonMobil Favorite Charities Fair

DASH was pleased to be part of the 2013 ExxonMobil Employees’ Favorite Charities Campaign fair at their Fairfax headquaters. Wendy Claunch met many terrific people as they learned more about charities eligible for ExxonMobil employee contributions. One employee mentioned that DASH was the only organization that she had seen addressing the problem of teen dating violence. We especially want to thank our friend, John Stipa, for bringing DASH to the attention of the campaign  and for his continued support! We hope that by participating in this worthy event we can gain some new DASH friends!

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