Turning on the radio, TV, or surfing the internet in early February is a sure way to see advertisements for jewelry, roses, chocolate, and other presents to give to your valentine. With Valentine’s Day just having passed on Feb. 14, dating and romance is at the forefront of many young people’s minds.
As many students are now aware from campaigns such as the Red Flag Campaign and organizations such as Karlie’s Angels, February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Valentine’s Day is not the only remarkable part of February 14. Wear Orange Day is a day where everyone is encouraged nationally to wear orange in honor and support of dating violence.
To show their support for dating violence victims and to spread awareness, MU students were encouraged to take a picture of themselves wearing orange and also to use the hashtag #MUWearsOrangeForLove when tweeting.
To learn more about dating violence, students could stop by the Karlie’s Angels Healthy Relationship Table from 11-1pm in the SMC by the bookstore. Students were encouraged to ask questions about healthy dating and recognize that love does not mean abuse.
If you missed the Valentine’s Day event, the Red Flag Campaign will be hosting several other educational events. On Thursday, Feb. 16, from 11-1pm by the SMC Juice Bar, there will be a “That’s Not Love Table.” Later in the month, on Tuesday, February 21, MU Peer Educators will lead a One Love Foundation’s Escalation Program. This event will be located in Room 18 of the SMC and starts at 6pm.
For students who have questions about their own or others’ relationships, visiting loveisrespect.org may answer some questions. Additionally, students can text “loveis” to 22522 if they have questions about healthy or unhealthy relationship behavior. Dating violence is a real and prominent problem, particularly in high school and on college campuses. These events will help students think critically about healthy relationships and determine unhealthy behavior.