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Weston Teens Participate in Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month

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As part of National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month, members of Weston Teen PeaceWorks will create a Hands Are Not For Hitting mural at Weston High School tomorrow, Wednesday Feb. 3. Students will trace their hand on the mural and initial it with their graduation year to show support for victims of teen dating violence.

Throughout the week at the high school, students will read dating violence statistics during morning announcements, an awareness table will offer information and life-size silhouettes with stories from victims printed on them will be on display in the school lobby.

Teen PeaceWorks are student led groups interested in raising awareness within their schools and communities about the issues of interpersonal violence and maintaining healthy interpersonal relationships. Their activities are facilitated by teens, with guidance from staff members of the Domestic Violence Crisis Center’s PeaceWorks project. Teen PeaceWorks is currently established at Weston High School, Wilton High School, Darien High School, New Canaan High School and Stamford Academy.

In January, the United States Senate passed a resolution designating February 2010 as “National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month”. Previously, the designation had covered only the first week in February.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately one in three adolescent girls in the United States is a victim of physical, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner, and approximately 10 percent of high school students have been hurt physically by a boyfriend or girlfriend. In Connecticut, 13 percent of teens surveyed were in a physically violent relationship last year.