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Monthly Awareness Profiles
Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month/ International Boost Self-Esteem Month/ National School Counseling Week- Feb 4-8/ Random Acts of Kindness Week- FEB 11-17/ Eating Disorders Awareness & Screening Week- FEB 25- MAR 3/February
Every year during the month of February advocates join efforts to raise awareness about dating violence, highlight promising practices, and encourage communities to get involved. Teen dating violence (TDV) is defined as a pattern of abuse or threat of abuse against teenaged dating partners, occuring in different forms, including verbal, emotional, physical, sexual and digital. TDV occurs across diverse groups and cultures.
Additional Information from Break The Cycle:
Types of Abuse:
- Physical Abuse: Any intentional use of physical force with the intent to cause fear or injury, like hitting, shoving, biting, strangling, kicking or using a weapon.
- Verbal or Emotional Abuse: Non-physical behaviors such as threats, insults, constant monitoring, humiliation, intimidation, isolation or stalking.
- Sexual Abuse: Any action that impacts a person’s ability to control their sexual activity or the circumstances in which sexual activity occurs, including rape, coercion or restricting access to birth control.
- Digital Abuse: Use of technologies and/or social media networking to intimidate, harass or threaten a current or ex-dating partner such as demanding passwords, checking cell phones, cyberbullying, non-consensual sexting, excessive or threatening texts or stalking on social media.
- Stalking: Being repeatedly watched, followed, monitored or harassed. Stalking can occur online or in person, and may or may not include giving unwanted gifts.
- Financial Abuse: Exerting power and control over a partner through their finances, including taking or withholding money from a partner, or prohibiting a partner from earning, or spending their money.
- 1 in 3 high school students will experience physical or sexual violence or both from a dating partner.
- Every year, approximately 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner.
- Among female victims of intimate partner violence, 94% of those age 16-19 and 70% of those age 20-24 were victimized by a current or former boyfriend or girlfriend.
- Violent behavior typically begins between the ages of 12 and 18.
- Nearly half (43%) of dating college women report experiencing violent and abusive dating behaviors.
- 1 in 6 (16%) college women has been sexually abused in a dating relationship.
Wear Orange 4 Love Day on February 12, 2019
International Boost Self-Esteem Month is observed in February of each year. Boosting your self-esteem is great for fighting depression and anxiety and is good for your overall mental wellness. Self-esteem, simply put, is how you feel about yourself. While our self-esteem begins to develop in early childhood, it is not set in stone. In fact, self-esteem is ever-changing throughout your life. There may be times when your self-esteem is at an all time high, and others when it has taken an undesirable dip, perhaps due to a stressful life event or mental health struggle, like clinical depression. Everyone has the power to develop their self-esteem independent of help from others, and the benefits are significant.
Way to help your Self-Esteem:
- Stop the negative self-talk
- Accept your “flaws”
- Celebrate your strengths
- Practice self-care
Mental Health America
National School Counseling Week 2019, "School Counselors: Providing Lessons for Life," will be celebrated from Feb. 4-8, 2019, to focus public attention on the unique contribution of school counselors within U.S. school systems. National School Counseling Week, sponsored by ASCA, highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career. National School Counseling Week is always celebrated the first full week in February.
- Nearly 1 in 5 students, about 8 million children, do not have access to a counselor in their school at all.
- Across high schools, the average student-to-school-counselor ratio is 311 students to 1.