Ask the Board of Education for a curriculum that helps teens identify and prevent abuse.

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We are petitioning the Board of Education and asking them to include lesson plans that help teens identify signs of abuse.  

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has estimated that every year nationwide 1.5 million high school students experience physical abuse at the hands of their dating partner.

Women between the ages of 16 and 24 are at the highest risk for intimate partner violence.  Studies have shown they are 3x more vulnerable to this kind of abuse.  

Violent behavior often begins between the ages of 12 and 18.

Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) has been found to be more severe when the abuse was established during a period of adolescence. 

The CDC has found that adolescence experiencing dating abuse have a higher likelihood of abusing substances, developing eating disorders, and more likely to engage in risky sexual behavior.  Teens who experience sexual or physical abuse are six times a likely to become pregnant.  They are also twice as likely to contract an STI.  Half of these victims will attempt suicide.  

  IPV is a silent epidemic.  Much like domestic violence victims of the abuse stay silent not realizing that their choice to not speak put them in a more dangerous situation.  Help them speak out by signing this petition.