Teen Dating Violence Awareness Proclamation
On February 3rd, 2016, City of Caldwell Mayor Garett L. Nancolas proclaimed the month of February Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. The press conference was held at the Caldwell City Police Department at 10 am.
Whereas, females between the ages 16-24 are more vulnerable to intimate partner violence, experiencing abuse at a rate almost triple the national average; and
Whereas, one in three adolescent girls in the United States is a victim of physical, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner, this far exceeds victimization rates for other types of violence affecting youth; and
Whereas, high school students who experience physical violence in a dating relationship are more likely to use drugs and alcohol, are at a greater risk of suicide and are much more likely to carry patterns of abuse into future relationships; and
Whereas, young people victimized by a dating partner are more likely to engage in risky sexual behavior and unhealthy dieting behaviors, disrupting normal development of self-esteem and body image; and
Whereas, nearly half of teens who experience dating violence report that incidents of abuse took place in a school building or on school grounds; and
Whereas, only 33% of teens who are in an abusive relationship ever tell anyone abuse the abuse and 81% of parents surveyed either believe teen dating violence is not an issue or admit they do not know if it is one; and
Whereas, by providing young people with education on healthy relationships and by changing attitudes that support violence, we recognize that dating violence can be prevented; and
Whereas, it is essential to raise community awareness and provide training for teachers, counselors and school staff so that they may recognize signs of dating violence.
Now, Therefore, I, Garret L. Nancolas, Mayor of the City of Caldwell, Idaho do proclaim February 2016 as Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month in the City of Caldwell and urge the community to work toward ending teen dating violence by empowering young people to develop healthier relationships, assisting victims in assessing information and support services needed, instituting effective intervention and prevention in schools and engaging in discussions with family members and peers.