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DVCC Teen PeaceWorks Makes a Difference

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As promised in the last eVoices, we would like to dedicate this issue to teens across our communities who worked overtime last month to publicize the message that teen dating violence is rampant and unacceptable. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in four adolescents report physical, emotional or sexual abuse from a dating partner each year, and other studies show the rate to be as high as one in three. DVCC Teen PeaceWorks groups in some of our area high schools have made great strides over the past several years to bring information and awareness to their schools, peers and communities on the prevalence and dangers of abuse within intimate partner relationships. There is no question that their efforts during National Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October and National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month in February are helping to bring this issue to the forefront of public awareness a little bit more each year.

Despite snowstorms, school cancellations and other impediments during February, Teen PeaceWorks members from Stamford Academy, Wilton High School and Weston High School plastered their schools - and sometimes themselves - with information, made presentations to classmates, attended events, created fabulous signs, posters and t-shirts and wrote their own Public Service Announcements to broadcast over school networks. The accompanying photographs show better than any words can the hard work, dedication and creativity put forth by these teens.