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YWCA Spokane is asking youths to write about dating violence

February 23, 2019

YWCA Spokane is asking teens and young adults to write about dating violence.

A February awareness campaign spotlights Teen Dating Violence Awareness, which seeks to promote conversations about healthy relationships and ways to prevent dating violence and abuse.

On Jan. 28, Mayor David Condon and Spokane City Council presented a proclamation to end teen dating violence and recognized February as Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month in Spokane.

This month, YWCA Spokane is asking teens ages 13-19 and young adults to submit stories about healthy and unhealthy aspects of their relationships. In addition, youth are asked to share what they want adults to know about teen dating violence.

Youths can send responses of any length to the following two questions, submitted anonymously or otherwise, to YWCA Spokane’s Child and Youth Advocate, Jessi Taylor, at jessit@ywcaspokane.org.

1. Why do you think it is important to talk about teen dating violence and healthy relationships?

2. What should adults know?

YWCA Spokane hopes to gather as many responses as possible by Thursday. Questions or comments can be sent to Jessi Taylor via the above email or by calling (509) 789-9309.

Just after the end of February, YWCA Spokane plans to share the stories publicly to bring attention to teen dating violence in the community, to help young people know they are not alone and to encourage community engagement. It plans to share stories on YWCA Spokane’s website and through social media.

“One in 3 adolescents experiences dating violence, but very few report it because they are afraid to tell their friends and family” Taylor said in a news release.

More information about teen dating violence and the request for teen stories is available at ywcaspokane.org. Confidential YWCA Spokane advocates are available to talk about resources, training, education and services through YWCA Spokane’s 24-hour helpline at (509) 326-2255 or by email at help@ywcaspokane.org.

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