February Marks Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

For Immediate Release                                       Contact: Lisa Robinson, 702.336.0334; lisa@ffwpr.com

February 11, 2020                                             

FEBRUARY MARKS TEEN DATING VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH

One in three teens experience some form of dating violence; The Rape Crisis Center offers free prevention and education programs designed to help stem the tide

Las Vegas, NV — February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, and The Rape Crisis Center (RCC) would like to remind the Las Vegas community of the free prevention, awareness and resource programs the organization offers for students in schools, young adults, parents and caregivers who interact with young people. According to loveisrespect.org, one in three adolescents in the U.S. is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner while an overwhelming, 81% of parents believing teen dating violence is not an issue. Unfortunately, our young people are the ones left vulnerable while caught in this huge gap between the reality of what they are experiencing in terms of teen dating violence and the failure to recognize it among adults.

“Educating young people to distinguish between healthy and unhealthy relationships and raising awareness among adults about the prevalence of the problem, recognizing the warning and signs and how to intervene play a big role in preventing teen dating violence,” said Daniele Staple, executive director of The Rape Crisis Center. The RCC offers several free programs and provides resources that specifically address these issues.

  • YourSPACE (Safety Prevention Awareness Curriculum for Everyone): designed for students in grades 8-12, the structured curriculum delivered by trained facilitators, focuses on educating teens on recognizing healthy and unhealthy relationships, understanding consent and finding resources if they find themselves in dangerous situations. The program is currently offered in several Clark County School District schools. In 2019, the RCC educated 9,151 CCSD students through the YourSPACE curriculum.
  • RCC Teen Resource page https://rcclv.org/teen-resources/: reminds teens that they have the right to feel safe, respected and protected at all times; details the Personal Bill of Rights; provides information on how to be an active bystander; and includes links to a myriad of easily accessible web resources.
  • Enough Abuse Campaign: in partnership with Prevent Child Abuse Nevada, the RCC offers free presentations to engage parents, caregivers and youth-serving organizations and includes communication tips for parents and others to talk to children in a healthy and neutral way about their bodies, sexuality and safety.

Anyone may reach out to the RCC at 702.385.2153 to request the YourSPACE training for your school or Enough Abuse training for your organization.

“The Rape Crisis Center firmly believes that teaching young people about healthy relationships doesn’t just protect them from possible abuse by a peer, it also keeps them safer from trafficking and sexual abuse by adults,” said Staple. “The earlier we start conversations about personal boundaries, consent, how and who to ask for help and learning to be an active bystander, the more likely we are to prevent abuse before it happens and make inroads into changing cultural norms that keep the epidemic of interpersonal violence going.”

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About The Rape Crisis Center:

The Rape Crisis Center (RCC) is a non-profit organization founded in 1974 by Florence McClure and Sandra Petta as the Community Action Against Rape (CAAR) with the goal of helping those in Clark County heal from the trauma of sexual violence. Today, The Rape Crisis Center operates a 24/7 crisis hotline and hospital response for sexual assault victims and provides counseling, advocacy and support to help victims begin the healing process and navigate the legal system. The RCC is also committed to raising awareness of sexual assault and engaging in prevention efforts through educational programs and community outreach, particularly to youth. The Rape Crisis Center hotline number is 702-366-1640.  For more information, visit www.rcclv.org.

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