I am 1 in 4. One of the 25% of women who has or will experience dating violence in their lifetime. Did you know dating violence does not discriminate in who it afflicts with its hurt and suffering? Women (and men) from all walks of life, regardless of their sexual orientation or age, from all socio-economic backgrounds, all levels of education, all religions, ethnicities, and creeds can (and have) become victims of domestic violence. Often times, the violence and victimization becomes normalized and perpetuated within families across several generations.
Were you aware that as many as 1 in 3 adolescents themselves will experience dating violence? In the U.S. alone, it is estimated that approximately 1.5 million high school students in just the space of one year experience violence in their relationships. That averages out to just under 3 incidents per minute.
The level of abuse and violence in relationships has become a global pandemic, but this does not mean that it has to continue this way. Only through reporting these incidents and sharing our stories with others can the light that is so desperately needed be shined on the darkness. Only through educating our youth on how healthy relationships look and feel can we begin to affect change, as violent behavior in relationships starts to manifest from ages 12 to 18.
In order to help bring awareness to National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month (February), Quasona Cobb has organized a mixer event to benefit Break the Cycle. Break the Cycle is a national non-profit dedicated solely to teen dating violence issues. Some of the services they offer are the National Dating Violence Hotline, Love is Respect, and emergency domestic violence services. However, they also do educational outreach programs aimed specifically at teen dating violence issues.
The benefit is on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. The venue is located at the Dyckman Bar (221 Dyckman Street NYC). If you are interested in attending the mixer, please click the DB image below to be taken to Quasona’s event page. If you are unable to attend but would like to donate to the fundraiser for Break the Cycle, please click the Valentine’s Anytime graphic to be taken directly to the CrowdRise page.