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In Their Own Words on Teen Dating Violence

Feb 4, 2010

“For the first time, this crime is being commemorated as ‘National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month,’ instead of a week… The Department [of Justice] will use the month of February to raise awareness regarding teen dating violence and to provide opportunities for schools and communities to protect young people… We at the Department share a vision where men, women, boys, girls and communities can live in a world without the fear of violence. Today, we take another step towards raising awareness and the profile of teen dating violence.”
-- Associate Attorney General Tom Perrelli, at an event commemorating National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month, January 28, 2010

“After 15 years of working to end domestic violence, we have learned that teens are not immune from abuse in relationships. Teen dating violence is all too common, and ends up leading to vicious and unhealthy cycles for years to come. Our responsibility – as parents, teachers, mentors, and community leaders – is to guide our young people towards respectful relationships free from harassment and abuse; teach them that it’s ok to walk away from a bad situation; and encourage them to speak out when they see a friend in trouble. In many communities, teens themselves are leading the way in organizing their schools and communities to stand against violence. I commend them.”
--United States Vice President Joseph Biden on Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month, February 1, 2010

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