Knowledge is power...not power to control or destroy, but power to create change and keep the peace. We embrace knowlege as a way to create action and to learn from mistakes. So we offer you ways to know about our issues and ideas on how to take action.
Our society gives mixed messages about relationships and the results can be felt in our schools and community. Consider these facts:
Teen dating violence runs across race gender, and socioeconomic lines. Both males and females are victims.
Girls are more likely to yell, threaten to hurt themselves, pinch, slap, scratch or kick.
Boys injure girls more severely and frequently.
Some teen victims experience violence occasionally; others are abused more often, sometimes daily.
One in three high school students experiences an abusive relationship as a victim, a perpetrator, or a bystander.
Nearly 1 in 3 students are involved in bullying.
Dating violence is the leading cause of injury to young women.
57% of teens know someone who has been physically, sexually, or verbally abusive in a dating relationship.
45% of girls know a friend or peer who has been pressured into either intercourse or oral sex.
Half of the reported date rapes occur among teenagers.
Approximately 68% of young women rape victims knew their rapist either as a boyfriend, friend or casual acquaintance.
Six out of ten rapes of young women occur in their own home or a friend or relative’s home, not in a dark alley.
Youths involved in same-sex dating are just as likely to experience dating violence as those who date the opposite sex.
Intimate partner violence is associated with increased risk of substance use, eating disorders, high-risk sexual behavior, pregnancy and suicide.
Youth tell us that Peace, Acceptance, Respect and Knowledge are the key messages for the change they wish to see.
"Knowledge is love and light and vision." — Helen Keller