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Congresswoman Ashley Hinson (R-IA-01), alongside Representatives Jennifer Wexton (D-VA-10), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA-01), and Madeleine Dean (D-PA-04), introduced a bipartisan resolution to officially designate February as “Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month.” Teen dating violence – which can include physical violence, sexual violence, psychological aggression, and stalking – impacts millions of teens each year.

“More and more teens are subject to emotional and physical abuse in relationships—we are trending in the wrong direction. As a mom to two young boys, I am passionate about ensuring they treat others with respect and have healthy relationships as they grow into adolescence. I’m proud to work with Representatives Wexton, Fitzpatrick, and Dean to designate February as Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month—we’ll continue to work in a bipartisan way to increase awareness about this troubling trend and ensure parents and teens have the resources they need,” said Congresswoman Ashley Hinson


“Too many teens are struggling in unhealthy dating relationships and don’t know where they can turn to for help,” said Congresswoman Wexton. “If teens facing violence in early relationships can’t get the resources they need to escape those situations, they could suffer long-lasting harm to their health and development. I’m leading the bipartisan effort in Congress to officially designate February as Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month to promote the importance of healthy relationships and help more teens, parents, and teachers recognize and understand teen dating violence.”

“Teen dating violence is a growing public health crisis amongst youth in our country that can no longer be ignored,” said Congressman Fitzpatrick. “The long-term consequences for teens involved in physically and emotionally abusive relationships are grim. It is critical that we take steps to empower victims, promote safe, healthy relationships, and educate the public on teen dating violence prevention and intervention.”

“Making February Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month will bring a needed increase in attention to teen dating violence, so that teenagers can better understand healthy relationships in adolescence,” Rep. Dean said. “We must protect and equip our children with the knowledge and resources to safely navigate the dating world.” 

Author: Press Release

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