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DASH at James River High School

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Special thanks to the Save the Next Girl club of James River High School (Buchanan, VA) and their counselor Lauren Mioduszewski for hosting a DASH presentation at their first meeting of the year! It was wonderful to share Siobha’s legacy with such an attentive group.

Help Save the Next Girl is a non-profit group in memory of Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington who was abducted and murdered in 2009 (the same year Siobhan was murdered). For more information go to http://helpsavethenextgirl.com.

If you’d be interested in hosting a DASH presentation either in Northern Virginia or Southwest Virginia (Roanoke area), please contact us at admin4dash@verizon.net!

Fairfax County declares Feb 2015 Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

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On January 27, The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors declared February 2015 as Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Sponsored by Vice Chairman Penelope Gross and Braddock District Supervisor John C. Cook the board presented the proclamation to Chantilly Youth Group Director Carmen Vargas. Wendy Claunch was happy to be included as the representative for DASH! Let’s make it a priority to spread the word about teen dating violence to our community during February!

NC State Student Project Features DASH

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North Carolina State University students Nick Ransom and Brianna Smith featured DASH in their Women and Gender in Science and Technology class project. The focus of the project was explore a problem facing women. Nick and Brianna chose to create a White Ribbon project featuring DASH. The White Ribbon Campaign is aimed at men to educate them about what they can do to prevent domestic violence and sexual abuse.

Nick Ransom at the DASH table in Washington, DC

Nick Ransom at the DASH table in Washington, DC

Nick set up a table on the Mall in Washington, DC, to hand out DASH literature, bracelets, white ribbons, and offer information on the warning signs of dating abuse. He interviewed several people about their thoughts on dating abuse, among his favorite responses were from:

Josh, Montgomery County, MD – “…I always had a vague idea of what the warning signs were, but I never really knew for sure. I just figured I’d know it when I see it. It’s like common sense. I didn’t know that people in these kinds of relationships should create a safety plan for getting out.”

Tahlya, Houston, TX – “Wow. Just wow. I’m so happy all of y’all are doing this! This makes my day so much better. … Seeing young people, especially young men coming out here to educate the public. I didn’t know people will try to limit your social circle. I mean, I guess my boyfriend could want me to himself all the time. But, hopefully he would never keep me from going out and getting some “me time” with my friends. That’s eye opening.”

Brianna wrote and presented the final paper on the team’s research on dating abuse. Both combined their findings and experiences to create a website and presentation. Their team reflection written by Brianna gives a summary of their experience:

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Brianna Smith

Our project in many ways was one of caring. Both Nick and I are in the Navy and we have taken an oath to help others and our country. There are so many things that are truly despicable about human behavior and abuse is one of the most saddening. We both felt compelled to undertake a project that would help to bring awareness to the issue of violence with dating violence being highlighted. It was very special because I offered a female perspective and Nick offered a male viewpoint. We each had our own ideas and perspectives regarding the issue of abuse, but we were able to find a common ground, create a cohesive team, learn some valuable insight, and offer an educational opportunity for others.

DASH is so very proud to have friends like Nick and Brianna to help us in our mission to educate the community on dating abuse.

Click here to see the website!

Click here to see the presentation!

DASH at Fairfax County Tier II Training

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Wendy Claunch was pleased to present DASH as part of the Fairfax County Office for Women and Domestic and Sexual Violence Services Tier II Training session on teen dating violence. The three-hour session included information on Defining TDV, Early Warning Signs, Lethal Warning Signs, Power and Control Wheel, How Family/Friends Can Help, plus educational videos and engaging exercises. In a group exercise called “Stay or Go” participants were asked to decided whether to stay in or leave a relationship given several scenarios while remembering how they would have reacted as a 16 year old. Over 30 participants are now qualified to present information on teen dating violence to their schools/organizations.

Thanks to Sandy Bromley, Heather Sarmiento (Office for Women) and Kacey Kirkland (Victim Services Section, Fairfax County Police Dept.) for a terrific program!!