Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention
Effective Date: Tuesday, February 16th, 2010
WHEREAS, teen dating violence is a crime that impacts youth and families in Alaska and across the country; and
WHEREAS, it is important that parents, guardians, and mentors remain aware of the signs of dating violence in order to protect the health, safety, and wellbeing of our youth; and
WHEREAS, teen dating violence can take the form of verbal, emotional, or physical abuse. One of every three young people have been impacted by one of these forms of violence; and
WHEREAS, victims of violent relationships in adolescence are at high risk for long term consequences, including substance abuse and eating disorders; and
WHEREAS, we can prepare young people to make better choices about relationships by teaching them that healthy relationships are based upon respect, and educating them on how to identify the early warning signs of an abusive relationship; and
WHEREAS, it is important that we encourage victims of teen dating violence to seek help immediately; and
WHEREAS, elimination of dating violence can be achieved through the cooperation of individuals, organizations, and communities, and the vigilance of parents, teachers, and mentors.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Sean Parnell, Governor of the State of Alaska, do hereby proclaim February 2010 as:
Teen Dating Violence Awareness
and Prevention Month
in Alaska, and encourage all citizens to become educated about the warning signs of teen dating violence, and encourage parents to talk to their children about healthy relationships.
Dated: February 11, 2010