Educators teaching Troup County students about teen dating violence, Georgia ranks number one

LAGRANGE, Ga. – Georgia is ranked the number one state for teen dating violence.

Representatives from a local domestic violence shelter are now taking their message to the Troup County School system for the very first time – educating our youth about the very real dangers.

LaGrange High freshman Jennifer Simmons says many boys at her school are known to ask girls to send naked pictures of themselves.

“You hear about it all the time – so.. ‘the guys say send me a naked picture?’ Sometimes Anyah Cooper – also a freshman – says she’s noticed friends who withdraw because they get into a relationship.

“They try to isolate you. I’m really going to watch out for stuff like that.”

For the first time ever – educators are presenting domestic violence education to teens in the Troup County School System.

According to the CDC roughly 10% of high school students reported some type of physical victimization and 10 % reported sexual victimization from a dating partner.

Georgia is the number one state for teen dating violence.

Harmony House Prevention & Volunteer Coordinator Amanda Jeter says, “People start teen relationships and then they’re killed by their partners that they started dating as teenagers.”

Harmony House is LaGrange’s local domestic violence shelter.

She is spending two days teaching the female freshman at LHS about what to look for when it comes to a bad relationship.

On this day – the teens were asked to act out unhealthy situations.

“We come in and talk about respect and boundaries and what a healthy relationship looks like.”

And while this is the first time students are a part of this training – 14 year old Jennifer understands why her peers may fall into an unhealthy relationship.

“You just can’t help that it’s in your nature to please them if you care about that person of course you’re going to do what you have to do to be with them.”

For more information on teen dating violence click on this link to the CDC:

http://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/intimatepartnerviolence/teen_dating_violence.html

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