The Beaman Home is working to educate local teenagers about dating violence.
It’s part of Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month, which is recognized in February.
Early Education Specialist Kacey Anderson spoke to Edgewood Middle School classes in Warsaw. She shared survivor stories and explained the difference between forms of abuse and aspects of healthy relationships.
Anderson also provided students with resources they could turn to in case they ever experience abuse.
Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher at Edgewood Middle School Edith Rohrer thinks educating teens on dating violence is important.
“Teenagers run on emotions as they slowly develop decision making skills. Inviting
Beaman Home guest speakers to my classroom provides students with tools to identify differences between healthy and unhealthy relationships,” she explains. “Knowing this can help them prevent violence in relationships the rest of their lives.”
Rohrer says teen dating violence tends to slip past the radars of both adults and teenagers, but happens quite often.
“With statistics showing that one in three women and one in five men will be abused, education is very important. Students need to know how to recognize, prevent abuse and get help if needed. People don’t often talk about this subject, so that makes it even more important for teens to learn about it.”
The Beaman Home encourages people of every age to interact with the issues of teen dating violence in order to minimize the effects of such violence and is glad to educate
teenagers on how to prevent abuse of every kind.