More than 1 in 10 teens who have been on a date have also been physically abused by a boyfriend or girlfriend in the last year. Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month is a national effort to raise awareness and protect teens from violence.(from http://www.healthfinder.gov)
The New Directions Shelter of Knox County is working hard to create awareness and prevention education for our community.
New Directions has a Teen Advisory Council that is making a difference. The Teen Advisory Council is a group of Knox County youth, ages 14-18, who actively work to end teen dating and sexual violence. TAC members are “Ambassadors” of healthy, safe, equal, and non-violent relationships among their peers and in the community.
The Teen Advisory Council is a group of passionate, informed high school students who serve as ambassadors of healthy relationships in their schools and communities. The Teen Advisory Council is trained by New Directions Staff, and takes that training into the community through projects and events of their design. One of the TAC’s annual events is the “Color for a Cause” 5K in downtown Mount Vernon.
WNZR’s Rachel Rinehart had a chance to talk with 2 members of the Teen Advisory Council. Click HERE https://soundcloud.com/wnzr/sets/february-is-teen-dating-violence-awareness-month
to hear their conversation about Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month.
Click HERE http://newdirectionsshelter.org/ to find out more about New Directions.