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LACASA Launches 2013 Teen Campaign

Teen Dating Violence Awareness

This Isn’t Love

When it comes to matters of the heart, some people confuse love with control…and maybe even violence.

February is Teen Dating Abuse Awareness Month and LACASA is working with area high schools to raise awareness about dating abuse and dating violence.  

Our “This Isn’t Love” campaign is designed to help teens understand the difference between healthy relationships and abusive relationships…and what words, actions and behaviors cross the line.

Teens will learn how to identify verbal abuse, emotional abuse and controlling actions that are unacceptable in any type of relationship. They will discuss dating violence and how to recognize and help a friend who is in a relationship with an abusive partner.

Campaign posters and flyers will be distributed in the schools and purple wrist bands will be offered to encourage open conversations about a topic that often remains hush hush. 

The This Isn’t Love campaign was developed by Nicole Matthews-Creech, LACASA Community Education Director, and a Teen Advisory Board that includes Bree Casper and Taylor Darby of Howell High School; Tess Bradley of Brighton High School; Rachel Walker of Flex Tech High School; and Marissa Killian of Fowlerville High School.

Participating high schools include Brighton, Flex Tech, Fowlerville, Hartland, Howell, Kensington Woods, Legacy, and Pinckney

Research shows that 1 in 3 teens experience dating abuse. 

“We want to enhance students’ awareness that teen dating violence is much more common than we all think. That it can happen to them or one of their friends, and they can do something about it,” said Creech.  

“While most students tell their friends about relationship “concerns,” they are not identifying it as an abusive or even unhealthy relationship, and even less will ask an adult for help,” Creech said.

The goal of LACASA’s campaign is to help teens make good choices, recognize unacceptable behavior, and establish healthy relationship boundaries. 

“A relationship should make you feel better about yourself and who you are,” said Creech. ” And a partner should encourage you to be a better person. If this is not the case, you deserve more. You deserve better.”

RESOURCES FOR TEENS

Dating Abuse — Red Flag Behaviors >>

How ToSupport a Friend >>

Teens OnlyOnline Resources >>

[Photograph provided by New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence]

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