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Warning Signs – “Bad” Boys

DASH’s early warning signs are meant to guide you in determining whether your relationship is healthy. In this series of articles, we will explore each warning sign in more depth so that you will have a better idea about what each sign means and if you need to address a problem in your relationship.

Our sixth early warning sign of abuse is:

Has a history of discipline problems (“bad” boys):

We love our rebels – guys and girls who go against convention, who won’t let anyone tell them what to do, who break all the “rules”. The rebel seems exciting and interesting. Life with a “bad” boy or girl is certainly never dull, but it can be dangerous.

Rebellion in teens is a normal part of the growing process. It’s natural to question what society says is normal or accepted. Most of us outgrow the rebellion and come to an understanding about how the real world works. We may hate school, but we realize that we have to go because it’s the law and we need an education to succeed in life. We might not want to go to work, but we’ll get fired if we don’t. We know we can’t start a fight with everyone who makes us angry.  Rebellious behavior can escalate into violent behavior toward others and toward you.

Yeardley Love’s Mother sues UVA coaches and State

UPDATE!  Yeardley Love’s mother has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against several lacrosse coaches at UVA, the school’s athletic director and the state for failing to protect her daughter. This follows a wrongful death lawsuit against Yeardley’s accused killer, George Huguley. Abuse is never acceptable. Know the signs, get the facts.

Read more about the lawsuits at http://www2.newsadvance.com/news/2012/may/03/loves-mother-sues-uva-coaches-ad-and-state-ar-1889620/.

PAVE The Way Project: Music and Awareness

Our friends at PAVE (Preventing Abuse and Violence Though Education) have announced a project merging pop music and education. Vote for your favorite original song from among the seven teen artists competing starting May 29.

MINNEAPOLIS, April 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in four teens will experience abuse in his or her dating relationship by age 18.  To help address this issue, Verizon Wireless has teamed up with Cornerstone, a domestic violence agency based in Minnesota, and MTE Inc. in a nationwide campaign to raise awareness of teen dating violence.  PAVE (Preventing Abuse and Violence Through Education) the Way Project is designed to promote healthy relationships and empower teens to take a stand against dating violence through the expression of pop music.

Through PAVE the Way Project, seven youth artists aged 13 to 20, from across the country, contributed original songs to the non-profit project to raise awareness of dating violence alongside their peers.  The project launches April 10 with an interactive website where songs will be available as free downloads.

Read more at http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/verizon-wireless-paves-the-way-to-youth-empowerment-with-pop-music-competition-146799035.html.

Seniors Hear DASH message

DASH would like to thank the following schools and their senior classes for their support in March and April:

South County Secondary School for having Wendy Claunch share the DASH message to the senior class in March. It was DASH’s first time presenting at the school and we hope to return soon!

Mountain View Alternative School for inviting DASH to their annual Resource Fair. We met terrific groups of students who were touched by Siobhan’s story on her 3rd Angelversary.

Marshall High School for having Heather Sarmiento (Fairfax County Office for Women & Domestic and Sexual Violence Services) and Wendy Claunch highlight the dangers of teen dating abuse and The Red Flag Campaign, a dating abuse program on college campuses.

We are grateful to the principals, counselors and support staff of all the schools who have invited DASH in the past year.