Knowledge is power...
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.
- 1 in 3 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.
- 6 out of 10 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
tell us that Peace, Acceptance, Respect and Knowledge are the key messages for
the change they wish to see.