It happens here

We live in a time of transition, opportunity, and responsibility. Our generation is involved in, and affected by, abuse and violence. One in three teens who are in a relationship will experience emotional, sexual or physical abuse from a dating partner and 1 in 12 teens will be forced to have sex. Girls and young women between the ages of 16 and 24 experience the highest rate of intimate partner violence — almost triple the national average.

Does your school avoid conversations about dating and relationships? Is there a lack of training for students on abusive relationships or sexual assault? Do students make sexually harassing remarks in the hallways? Do adults and other students step in when these things happen at school? What issues are important to you?

No person or group of people is immune to violence. Relationship violence happens among all ages, genders, sexualities, races, incomes, geographic locations, and professions. Chances are we all know someone who has experienced abuse or rape or have experienced violence ourselves.

Violence is not inevitable; it can and must be prevented. Violence uproots the loving, safe relationships and compassionate communities we all want and deserve. Violence is not an individual problem rather it is a social problem and world problem that prevents us from having the safe and supportive relationships we all deserve. We have the power to make that change.

Our generation has the power to make the world a better place and we want to make a difference in our schools and communities.