Charlotte NC – February is Nation Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. This year, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Domestic Violence Unit will be working together with several Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools to raise awareness during the month.
According to statistics collected from the National Domestic Violence Hotline, one in three adolescents in the U.S. is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner.
Girls and young women between the ages of 16 and 24 experience the highest rate of intimate partner violence, almost triple the national average.
However, 81% of parents believe teen dating violence is not an issue or admit they don’t know if it’s an issue.
In any case, nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner in a single year.
One of the first events to spread this issue will be held on January 31 at 5:30pm at Independence High School. The event will be a basketball game between Independence and Garinger High Schools.
Students are encouraged to wear orange, the national color for Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, to the both school and the game.
Cheerleaders will have orange pom-poms and Varsity Basketball Players will wear orange socks in support as well.
The CMPD Domestic Violence Unit will set up a table near the gym with teen dating violence resources and information.
There will also be guest speakers such as Actor and Beasley Media Group’s Keir LaBelle, who will address the audience between varsity games and at half times.