To stoke a conversation about healthy relationships, and help promote awareness of Teen Dating Violence, Senator Jean Breaux (D-Indianapolis) proposed Senate Concurrent Resolution (SCR) 49 which gained unanimous approval by the Senate earlier this week. In the last year, approximately 1 in 10 teenagers nationwide were injured by their dating partner. Sen. Breaux contended that we must all do more to combat those statistics.
“Young people need to know we are there to support them,” said Sen. Breaux. “Raising awareness to this issue and facing the reality that we can improve the way teens interact is an important first step to ensuring our young Hoosiers are engaging in safe and fulfilling relationships.”
Nationally, President Obama designated February as National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month, calling upon all Americans to support efforts in their communities and schools, and in their own families, to empower young people to develop healthy relationships throughout their lives and to engage in activities that prevent and respond to teen dating violence.
During the day of the presentation, Sen. Breaux was joined by Marion County Deputy Prosecutors Linda Major and Mahja Zeon, who work daily to educate Hoosier teens on making healthy dating decisions.
We all have a role to play in promoting positive steps towards respectful nonviolent relationships. More information on healthy relationship goals and support tools can be found here>>