Diane Moore: Teen dating violence in Steamboat

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— As an executive director, I am deeply concerned about teen dating violence and the impact it has on our daughters and sons. Teen dating violence is alarmingly prevalent in teen relationships; approximately one in five girls in high school report being physically and/or sexually abused by a dating partner.

Violent relationships in adolescence seriously can impact victims; many girls will continue to abuse in adult relationships and are at increased risk of substance abuse, eating disorders, risky sexual behaviors, pregnancy and suicide.

Yet, a majority of parents admit they have not talked to their preteen or teen about dating violence.

Parents, the stakes are high. Please talk to your child about dating violence, sexual violence, cyber-bullying and harassment. It is up to us, as parents, community members and professionals to increase awareness and support our youth.

Advocates Building Peace­­ful Communities is available for confidential support, counseling and can provide literature.

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