Teaching kids about healthy relationships, and consent should start early with age appropriate messages through childhood and teen years.TDVAM is an opportunity to promote healthy relationships and consent, which are key to preventing sexual violence.Also the stuff that makes us want to pull our hair out, scream at the top of our lungs, and declare all-out emotional warfare.
Young people experience violence at alarming rates.
According to the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey: Experiencing violence in youth can have long-lasting impacts, making it all the more critical to prevent violence before it occurs.
More than 1 in 10 high school students surveyed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported experiencing physical or sexual violence from a dating partner.
Data from the Department of Justice (PDF) suggests even greater risks for youth with disabilities: Domestic violence and sexual assault programs must be accessible for survivors with disabilities: not only because it is the basic right of all survivors to receive support, but because there is such a need for these services.
Partnerships between advocates in the disability community and the domestic and sexual violence fields are essential.