February is national Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month!
Did you know? Nearly 1 in 10 RI high schoolers has already experienced physical dating violence. When it comes to young Rhode Islanders who identify as gay, lesbian, or bisexual, the number more than doubles to nearly 1 in 4.
Fortunately, there is a law in Rhode Island that requires every middle school and high school to educate all staff and students about the dynamics of abuse and have a policy on how to respond to incidents of dating violence. It's called the Lindsay Ann Burke Act.
We recently conducted an evaluation to find out how the Act is being implemented here in our state. We've published our findings in a report that offers five recommendations for strengthening the law's implementation in Rhode Island.
To request a hard copy of the report or executive summary, contact the RICADV at firstname.lastname@example.org or 401-467-9940.
Students, parents, and educators, it’s up to all of us to make sure this law is being implemented in our schools! This February, learn about the many ways you can take action in your community. Together, we can prevent dating violence.