Peace Over Violence works with many schools throughout Los Angeles with their is a project of the California Department of Health Services and the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA), a statewide coalition of rape crisis centers and prevention programs founded in 1980.
The campaign, which enlists young men to take action to stop rape, is designed to raise awareness of sexual violence among youth and highlight the vital role that young men can play in fostering healthy, safe relationships.
Are depressed, anxious, or have other symptoms of trauma, display aggression towards peers or display other aggressive behaviors, use drugs or illegal substances, engage in early sexual activity and have multiple sexual partners, having a friend involved in dating violence, have conflicts with a partner, and witness or experience violence in the home.Oberhaus adds, “Many parents believe they would know if their child was in a violent relationship, but statistics show that 75% were unaware that their teen had been physically hurt by a dating partner and only 33% of teens suffering such abuse ever talked to anyone about what was happening to them.” The overall and underlying message in the We Care Campaign is simple…if you or someone you know is experiencing dating violence or any other issue that may be effecting their wellbeing, tell someone. Call David Lawrence Center at 239-455-8500 and we can help guide you to the help, resources and information you need.23% of females and 14% of males who ever experienced rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner, first experienced some form of partner violence between 11 and 17 years of age.A 2013 survey found approximately 10% of high school students reported physical victimization and 10% reported sexual victimization from a dating partner in the 12 months before they were surveyed.In honor of February’s National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, our second prevention student mental health We Care Campaign video focused on bringing awareness to the dangers of teen dating violence.
The We Care Campaign is a collaboration with the David Dawrence Center, National Alliance on Mental Illness, Collier County Sheriff’s Office and Collier County Public Schools that is committed to the health, happiness and wellbeing of our children.Linda Oberhaus, Executive Director of The Shelter, shared, “Dating violence is any situation in which one partner purposefully causes emotional, physical or sexual harm to another.” As teens develop emotionally, they are heavily influenced by experiences in their relationships.Healthy relationship behaviors can have a positive effect on a teen’s emotional development.Violence is related to a multitude of risk factors.Risks of having unhealthy relationships increase for teens who; believe that dating violence is acceptable.The literature on IPV among adolescents indicates that the rates are similar for the number of girls and boys in heterosexual relationships who report experiencing IPV, or that girls in heterosexual relationships are more likely than their male counterparts to report perpetrating IPV. stated that, unlike domestic violence in general, equal rates of IPV perpetration is a unique characteristic with regard adolescent dating violence, and that this is "perhaps because the period of adolescence, a special developmental state, is accompanied by sexual characteristics that are distinctly different from the characteristics of adult." Wekerle and Wolfe theorized that "a mutually coercive and violent dynamic may form during adolescence, a time when males and females are more equal on a physical level" and that this "physical equality allows girls to assert more power through physical violence than is possible for an adult female attacked by a fully physically mature man." Regarding studies that indicate that girls are as likely or more likely than boys to commit IPV, the authors emphasize that substantial differences exist between the genders, including that girls are significantly more likely than boys to report having experienced severe IPV, such as being threatened with a weapon, punched, strangled, beaten, burned, or raped, and are also substantially more likely than boys to need psychological help or experience physical injuries that require medical help for the abuse, and to report sexual violence as a part of dating violence.