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Dating violence. Raise the awareness!

Changing Lives Youth Theatre Ensemble marching for the cause!

Dating violence is defined by the United States Department of Justice as: “the perpetration or threat of an act of violence by at least one member of an unmarried couple on the other member within the context of dating or courtship.”

Statistics show that one in three teenagers have experienced violence in a dating relationship. It can include verbal, emotional, physical, or sexual abuse, or a combination of them. Dating violence crosses all economic, racial and social lines; most victims are young women who are also at higher risk for serious injury.

Physical and sexual abuses are much easier to define than verbal and emotional abuse.

Examples of verbal and emotional abuse are…

  • Not letting you hang out with your friends
  • Calling or paging you frequently to find out where you are, who you’re with, and what you’re doing
  • Telling you what to wear
  • Having to be with you all the time
  • Calling you names;
  • Jealousy
  • Belittling you (cutting you down)
  • Threatening to hurt you, someone in your family, or themselves if you don’t do what they want

If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship there are people and organizations that can help.

The National Domestic Violence Hotline in the U.S. is: 800-799-7233

Austin Safeplace 512-267-SAFE

National Center for Victims of Crime

Want to learn more about how to identify and deal with dating violence?

TAP’s Changing Lives Youth Ensemble’s newest project centers on themes of cyber bullying, sexual harassment, homophobia and teens taking action to speak out against these pressures.

Grab a group of friends and come to the staged reading tomorrow December 10th from 7-9 at the Griffin School, (41st and Red River – across from the Hancock HEB).

This would be a great way to open a dialogue with a friend your are worried about and get them thinking about getting help.

Until Next Time,

Julie Flores (Parent/Teacher/Child Advocate/TAP volunteer)

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We are based in Austin, Texas and reach more than 16,000 young people every year through our unique blend of theatre and education programs.Our programs expose young people to critical social problems and offer opportunities for them to creatively think about how they can be a part of solutions to these problems. Creative Action is a unique blend of art and education – for us, the two are intertwined. We believe that using the arts as a teaching method provides a fun, engaging and inspiring way to learn – it incorporates the whole mind and body.

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