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Feb. 4,  2011

Start Strong Atlanta Observes Month of Putting a Stop to Teen Dating Violence and Abuse

ATLANTA - According to the 2009 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey, nearly one out of 10 high school students nationwide has been physically hurt on purpose by their girlfriend or boyfriend. In Georgia, one out of every six high school students has been hit, slapped or otherwise injured by their partner.

Violence within relationships often begins during the adolescent years and is becoming all too common. Digital dating abuse is also becoming more and more frequent in this generation of teens.

Therefore, the month of February marks National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month - a month-long observance to stop teen dating violence and abuse before it starts.

Start Strong Atlanta, developed in 2008 through a $1 million grant awarded to the Jane Fonda Center of Emory University, is creating awareness around this issue.  The public health program is focused on building healthy teen relationships and preventing teen dating violence. This month, Start Strong Atlanta is spreading its message to teens, parents, mentors and the community though several scheduled events.

Activities include:

Building Healthy Teen Relationships Workshop

(A teen-led workshop at Georgia State University focused on building healthy teen relationships.)
Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011
1:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Georgia State University, 30 Pryor St SW, Atlanta, GA 30303

Grady Hospital Teen Services Teen Relationship Day

(A workshop for teen couples and teens to attend that focuses on a series of activities to build healthy relationships.)

Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011
1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Grady Hospital Teen Services Clinic

Girls Plug & Play Conference

(A series of activities and workshops focused on health for mothers and their daughters.) 

Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy  

Start Strong Atlanta recently launched its social networking site for teens about developing relationships free from violence. The site, www.KeepItStrongATL.org is an interactive resource spreading the message that violence in relationships is never acceptable.

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