Safe dating for teenagers
“We want them to be able to develop skills and tools necessary to have long lasting healthy relationships throughout their lifespan,” said Liquin.
Liquin also wants teens to be able to identify a relationship that is toxic, whether in a friendship or a dating situation.
It is never too early to start building this type of relationship.
These statistics are particularly troubling given the lasting impact that teen dating abuse can have on victims.
Statistics show that the average teen is 16 when they’re ready to date one-on-one.
And unfortunately, according to the Department of Health and Human Services, a 2016 study showed that about 69 percent of both boys and girls had experienced some sort of physical or emotional abuse in the past year while dating. One way to increase safety and decrease stress about dating is to make sure that the family is on the same page about safety.
Teens in the Cache Valley are invited to learn about healthy relationships during the annual “Safe Date Night” on March 13th at 6 p.m. “When we’re talking about relationships, we’re not just talking about romantic relationships,” according to Ana Liquin, NUVPEC Coalition Chair.
“We are talking about relationships with family, friends, siblings, co-workers and teammates.” In addition to a fun night of bowling, billiards, laser tag and rollerblading, teens will be schooled in identifying healthy and unhealthy relationships.