Throughout the whole month of February, the Gulf Coast Center for Nonviolence has been helping bring awareness to teen dating violence.
GCCFN has been working closely with the national campaign ‘Love is Respect’ to advocate teens to know your worth.
One in three teens in the U.S. will experience physical, sexual, or emotional abuse from someone they’re in a relationship with before adulthood.
Social media, cell phones, and the internet have also changed the landscape of teen dating. GCCFN says teenagers are always available these days, opening the door to more forms of abuse. GCCFN Communications Manager Rene Davis said, “Whenever you begin dating and you’re just beginning to get those relationships in there, you’re going to go with what feels normal. And if your first, earliest experience is– with a relationship– is one that’s very controlling, then that’s what’s going to feel normal to you later on.”
GCCFN has a full-time outreach advocate that works with kids from pre-school through college to provide training on dating violence and how to prevent it. To learn more about this program, call 800-800-1396 or visit gccfn.org.