In fact, girls between the ages of 16 and 24 are at the highest risk of any demographic group – three times higher than the national average – for intimate partner violence.Yet many adults are not addressing this topic with the young people in their lives.
Whenever we saw that, we just knew that we needed to help.” In December, the students hosted a haunted house fundraiser to help create a PSA about teen violence and raised $1,407.
They also contacted and received support from the Texas Advocacy Project, an organization that provides legal services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in Texas.
Unfortunately, adolescents who live through violent, unhealthy relationships are at a higher risk for destructive behavior as they get older, including substance abuse, eating disorders, and further domestic violence.
Reaching kids earlier means potentially stopping violence before it has a chance to start.
"As a mother of a 14-year-old girl I see how easy it could be for someone to take advantage of her," says Terry.