Teen Dating Violence Impacts Young Rhode Islanders – Our Schools and Communities Can Play a Role in Prevention
This February, national Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month, the RI Coalition Against Domestic Violence has released a Policy Evaluation Report on the Lindsay Ann Burke Act, Rhode Island’s comprehensive teen dating violence education law
[Providence, RI – February 6, 2018] Teen dating violence is a serious issue affecting 8.8% of Rhode Island high school students, according to the 2015 Youth Risk Behavior Survey. When it comes to young Rhode Islanders who identify as gay, lesbian, or bisexual, the number more than doubles to 23%.
“Research tells us that teen victims of dating violence are much more likely than their peers who have not experienced dating violence to drink, use drugs, have an eating disorder, or attempt suicide. They are also more likely to have experienced sexual assault or bullying,” said Lucy Rios, Director of Prevention and Communications for the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence (RICADV). “As parents, educators, and community members, we owe it to our young people to raise the visibility of this issue and do everything we can to address and prevent this type of abuse.”
That is why this February, during national Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month, the RICADV is spotlighting the release of its recent report on the Lindsay Ann Burke Act, Rhode Island’s comprehensive teen dating violence education law.
The report paints a picture of how the Act is being implemented in Rhode Island, ten years after its momentous passage in 2007.