Groups honor Champions for Change to U.S. Senator Whitehouse, State Senator Lanzi and local Rhode Islanders
[Providence, RI] Today, Governor Lincoln Chafee presented a proclamation marking February as Rhode Island Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. February was made National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month by the U.S. Senate in 2010 after years of "awareness months" for domestic violence, sexual violence and stalking. Attention to teen dating violence has grown in recent years, especially after the murders of two young Rhode Island women, Katie Brown of Barrington and Lindsay Ann Burke of North Kingstown.
"I am proud to designate February as Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month in Rhode Island," Governor Chafee said. "Teen dating violence has had a devastating effect on families and communities throughout our state, and we must work together to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our young people."
Several local agencies presented awards to "Champions for Change" for their work on teen dating violence prevention. This year's Champions are U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, R.I. Senator Beatrice Lanzi, Dawn Romans, a health teacher in the Warwick School District and the Chariho Theater Group from Chariho High School, with advisor and school social worker Tracy Jennerwein. The awards were presented by the Katie Brown Educational Program, the Lindsay Ann Burke Memorial Fund, Day One and the RI Coalition Against Domestic Violence and its six member agencies.