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How to Handle Your Summer Relationship

We at DASH had a great idea to write an article on how to handle a summer romance. Well, great minds think alike and our friends at loveisrespect.org, the National Teen Dating Abuse site had the same idea! They’ve written a terrific piece on how to enjoy a new summer romance, or maintain your current relationship. Read the article at Love Is Respect.

Why A Golden Oldie Still Matters

There’s a song that was first sung by a 17-year-old Lesley Gore in 1964. It reached number 2 on the Billboard charts sitting just behind the Beatles’ “I Want to Hold Your Hand.” Your parents or grandparents might remember it. It’s been recorded by a wide variety of artists including Bette Midler, Joan Jett, The Blow Monkeys, and Eminem even sampled it on his song “Untitled” in 2010. Nichole Sherzinger sang it on the 2009 finale of The Sing-off.

Teen Ambassadors Help Raise Awareness

Valerie Claunch, Melissa Howell, and Patrick Linnehan teamed up for their 10th grade English class impact project by holding bake sale with proceeds donated to DASH. They spent Saturday, May 28, 2011 in front of the Franklin Farm Giant grocery store handing out brochures and selling their homemade goodies for donations. Valerie explained, “After the project was finished, I realized how many people are unaware of what dating abuse is. For example, we asked one lady to take a flyer and she said she was too old to date, not getting the idea of what D.A.S.H. was all about.

Holiday stress can lead to abuse

DASH-ing through the snow… it’s the time of year when the joys and cheer of the holidays are upon us. But for those in abusive dating relationships, the holidays can mean fear, pain and danger. Although not faced with the same stress as adults, even teens can feel the pressures of the season. Any kind of stress can cause abusive partners to escalate their abuse. Stressors include tension in the family, money problems, depression and drinking.