2/13/2017 1:01:35 PM
February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. "Wear Orange" Valentines Day.

Today is Valentine’s Day and in most cases, a day where we let our loved ones know we care about them.  February 14th is also “Wear Orange Day.” This is a national day of awareness where you are encouraged to wear orange in honor of Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month.  You are encouraged to wear orange shirts, hats, nail polish, ribbons, jewelry, shoes or anything else you can think of.

Sue Ellen Koepke, Executive Director of Healing Hearts, and Valerie Harris, Program Manager for the agency that offers assistance and guidance to victims of domestic abuse in this area, were recent guests on KCNI/KBBN’s “Get Up & Go Breakfast Show” to talk about teen dating violence.

According to recent research, 1 in 3 young people experience some form of dating violence in their relationships and only 33% who were abused ever told anyone. To make things even more difficult, the abusers often are difficult to identify and 81% of parents believe teen dating is not an issue or admit they don’t know if it is abuse.  Social media has enhanced abusers' avenues to their victims. Ms. Koepke recommends that parents take the time to communicate and monitor their teen’s activities.

If you would like more information on this issue contact Healing Hearts & Families at 930 South D Street, P.O Box 96, Broken Bow. You may call Healing Hearts at 308-872-2420 to set up a time to visit or email them at healingheartsand families@ gmail.com.  In case of emergency they offer a crisis line 1-800-942-4040 or 308-872-5988.

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