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You may have the perfect relationship. But probably someone you know doesn’t. Check out the real facts of teen dating abuse here. Read More »

Warning Signs

Abuse escalates. Know the signs from early warnings to the lethal threats. It could save a life. Read More »

For Parents

DASH is for Parents: Articles and resources designed to keep you up to date with your teen, to keep you tech savvy, and to help you stay involved. Read More »

For Friends

DASH is for friends! Do you suspect your friend is in an abusive relationship. You CAN help. Read More »

For Guys

DASH is for guys. Be part of the solution. Get the facts and be a great role model for the people in YOUR life. Read More »

 

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

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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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New Survey: Over One third are victims of dating abuse

In a new survey presented at a meeting by the American Psychological Association on July, 31, 2013, over one third of responding teens said they had been emotionally, physically or sexually abused by a dating partner. The survey also found that boys (37%) were just as likely to be victims as girls (41% ). The data presented are currently under review for publication in a scientific journal and therefore are not generally considered authoritative until reviewed and published.

According to an article in USA Today:

“In the new nationwide survey, which included 1,058 youths ages 14 to 20, 41% of girls and young women and 37% of boys and young men said they had been victims of dating abuse; 35% of girls and 29% of boys said they had physically, emotionally or sexually abused a partner, according to a news release from the association. Girls were more likely to say they had physically abused their partners; boys were “much more likely” to say they had sexually abused someone, the association says. But it did not provide specific numbers on those differences.

The survey also found that 29% of girls and 24% of guys said they had been both victims and abusers, in the same or different relationships.”

To read the entire USA Today article, click here http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/07/31/teen-dating-violence/2596255/

DASH will publish a link to the entire APA survey as soon as it is published.

The DASH mission to educate teens, their parents and friends on the warning signs of teen dating abuse and healthy relationships is a vital tool in preventing teen dating abuse. If you would like to schedule a presentation at your school or community organization, contact DASH at admin4dash@verizon.net.