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Survey: 25% were threatened or harassed using technology

A survey of 5, 647 middle school students in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania by the Journal of Youth and Adolescence shows that more than 25% of those dating said they were harassed or threatened by their partners in texts or through online contact. The report published in February stated that technology was not the cause of teen dating abuse, but it gave access to abusers 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“The technology opens up a wide avenue for someone who wants to be abusive toward their partner,” said Janine Zweig, lead author and researcher at the Urban Institute. “It’s another tool abusers can use to be relentless.”

“The survey is important in that it provides hard data to confirm what we already know — that domestic violence and dating violence occur where we live our lives,” said Cindy Southworth, founder of the Safety Net Project on technology at the National Network to End Domestic Violence. “These days, the digital world is our real world, and for teens even more so.”

Read the Washington Post article at http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/study-finds-teenagers-in-relationships-are-threatened-online-or-in-texts/2013/02/21/df1931b8-7c2b-11e2-9a75-dab0201670da_story.html.

Chantilly-Centreville Rotary Club Hosts DASH

Thank you to the Chantilly-Centreville Rotary Club for inviting DASH as their guest speakers this morning. We were happy to have Siobhan’s Dad tell the club about DASH and to have her Mum present to answer questions. Well done, Andy and Lynne!!

DASH featured on the Zurriane Show

Thank you to the Zurriane Show on blogtalkradio.com for interviewing Wendy Claunch about DASH. Wendy was honored to share Shev’s story and hopes that the DASH message will be shared far and wide. Click here to listen to the show!

Thank You to Our DASH Supporters!

We’d like to thank everyone who made our efforts during National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month 2013 a success! We truly appreciate everyone who came to our DASH at Dulles event, attended a presentation or helped with our fundraising.

Special thanks to the following for their support during the month:

Siobhan’s family and friends
Chantilly High School
Mountain View Alternative High School
St. John Neumann Catholic Community
Shannon McGregor and Kim Hurley
Dulles Town Center
EmbroidMe Herndon
Burke Allstate Insurance
Pro Martial Arts