Every year, millions of youth will become victims of violence. Some of the most common forms of violence are bullying and dating abuse.
One in four teens will be bullied, and one in three teens will become a victim of dating violence.
And the problems are all too often ignored. Eighty-five percent of the time no one will intervene with bullying, and over eighty-one percent of parents believe that dating abuse is not a problem.
Here are ways to speak out against teen violence:
- Learn about the facts
- Treat others with respect
- Be a good example
- Keep your friends accountable
- Learn about the resources in your community and online
- Write letters to elected officers
- Wear t-shirts, bracelets, etc. to raise awareness
- Get involved in local and online campaigns
- Get help if you or someone you know is a victim
Some online campaigns to check out include the “No More” campaign, “The Love” campaign, the “I Choose Anti-Bullying” campaign, and the “No Matter” campaign.
Our new releases…
Outcast by Susan Oloier
Noelle dreams of a different life, one where Trina Brockwell doesn’t exist. Trina has bullied Noelle since junior high. Now she’s tired of it. With the help of her black-sheep aunt and a defiant new classmate, Noelle seeks revenge. But vengeance comes with a price: Noelle risks friendship, her first love, and herself to get back at those who have wronged her.
Break From You by Rebecca Green Gasper
Love shouldn’t hurt this much…Brooke Myers wants to believe she has it all: the perfect guy, the perfect relationship, the perfect life. She wants to believe it so much that she's willing to overlook the fear, the isolation, and the pain her boyfriend has caused her. She knows it isn't right but tells herself that love isn't always easy. However, when a fire destroys the restaurant during homecoming dinner, she forms an instant bond with the boy who saves her, one her boyfriend wouldn’t like. With the pain of a concussion reminding her of how bad things can get, she is forced to re-evaluate the relationship she has with her boyfriend and face the ghosts that haunt her. Brooke once believed love was all it took…but is it enough? Is it truly love when you've lost yourself in it?
Thank you to Susan and Rebecca for stopping by my blog today! Be sure to check out all of their links and to see the rest of the stops on the Speak Out Against Book Tour here.