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Orange Roses for Teenagers this February

POUGHKEEPSIE – Currently 1 in 3 teens will experience emotional, physical, verbal or sexual violence while in a relationship. Teenagers who experience dating violence are at greater risk of experiencing domestic violence in adulthood. February marks Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, and Grace Smith House encourages supporters of all ages to forgo the traditional pink and red hues of St. Valentine’s Day for orange, the color chosen to promote awareness of teen dating violence and show solidarity this February 14th.

Grace Smith House’s Prevention and Education Team works with middle and high schools across Dutchess County throughout the school year to educate young adults about teen dating violence. The aim of the program is to break the generational cycle of violence by facilitating interactive and engaging workshops and leadership programs with students, parents/caregivers, teachers, and service providers. Students acquire the tools and language to engage in healthy relationships, recognize the warning signs of abuse, and are trained as “upstanders” in support of their friends and peers.

On February 14th, students across Dutchess County will dress in orange to bring attention to National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. They will also engage in the usual traditions of St. Valentine’s Day, but with an increased emphasis on the importance of healthy dating relationships and supportive friendships.

The Prevention and Education Team at Grace Smith House encourages supporters of all ages to share messages of encouragement across social media, using the hashtags #Orange4Love and #RespectWeek. Teens are encouraged to follow Grace Smith House’s United Peer Council, a group of high school and college students who are trained in how to advocate and educate their peers on the cycle of violence on Instagram, @gsh_unitedpeercouncil.

For more information about Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, or to get involved in the mission of Grace Smith House to promote healthy relationships, please email office@gracesmithhouse.org. Grace Smith House, Inc., has served the Dutchess County community for over 35 years, providing shelter, advocacy, counseling and preventative education for survivors of domestic violence and their families. For more information, to seek help or advice, visit www.gracesmithhouse.org, or call their 24-hour hotline at 845.471.3033.

 

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