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February serves as Black History Month, and also encompasses Valentine’s Day and Groundhog Day, but many do not know that it represents “Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month.” The month is used to raise awareness about teen dating violence and take action towards a solution.
According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 10 teenagers report being physically hurt by their significant other on purpose and 1 in 3 young people are in an abusive or unhealthy relationship.
Millersville University is promoting this month in memory of Karlie Hall, a Millersville freshman who was victim of domestic violence and died Feb. 8, 2015 in her residence hall.
As a part of “Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month,” MU students, faculty and staff are taking part in the Red Flag Campaign. Red flags were placed around campus to represent the warning signs of sexual and domestic violence.
Created by Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance, The Red Flag campaign encourages bystander invention and for those to say something when they see the “red flags” or warning signs of sexual assault, dating violence and stalking on college campuses to prevent and stop domestic violence.
MU is hosting other events during this month including:
Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. “That’s Not Love” Table at the Juice Bar, Student Memorial Center.
Tuesday, Feb. 23 at 4:30 p.m. One Love Foundation’s Escalation Program led by MU peer educators in Room 18, Student Memorial Center.
For more information about the Center for Health Education and Promotion and Karlie’s Angels, please visit http://www.millersville.edu/chep.
If you are in an abusive relationship and seeking support, please contact the Center for Counseling and Human Development at 717-871-7821. Students can also make an appointment with a YWCA Sexual Assault Counselor, located in the Montour House, at 717-871-4141.