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Shackleford authors teen dating violence awareness and prevention resolution

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INDIANAPOLIS - Today, the Indiana House of Representatives approved a resolution recognizing the month of February as Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Ranking Minority Member of the House Public Health Committee and IBLC Chair, State Rep. Robin Shackleford (D-Indianapolis), who authored the resolution issued the following statement:

“I’m honored to author a resolution recognizing February as National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. This resolution emphasizes our state’s commitment to creating an environment where our young people can live and thrive free of fear of violence.

“Teen dating violence can take many forms, including physical assault, emotional abuse, harassment, exploitation, or through various forms of technology. Young people who are exposed to this violence often carry these experiences with them into their adult relationships, increasing the likelihood that they end up an adult victim or perpetrator.

“With 1 in 10 Hoosier teens experiencing physical violence in their relationships and 1 in 8 experiencing sexual violence in their relationships, we must take steps to deter this disturbing trend.

“I look forward to comprehensive solutions, including initiatives made possible through a grant to the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office. This grant will expand opportunities to educate our youth on the warning signs of unhealthy relationships, and will provide legal support to victims.

“As advocates for our young people, we all must take this opportunity to amplify our voices and shine a spotlight on this important issue. Our young people deserve every chance to live productive, healthy lives.”

Marion County Prosecutor Ryan Mears commended Representative Shackleford for the resolution and recognition of the public safety issues. “Helping young people make good choices and understand how to look out for their own safety should be important to all of us. This is an issue that impacts every community, and I hope through our work in schools and youth-serving organizations we can make Indianapolis a leader in prevention,” Prosecutor Mears added. 

If you or a loved one is experiencing domestic violence, please call the Love is Respect Hotline at 1-866-331-9774, text “LOVEIS” to 22522 or visit loveisrespect.org for free and confidential support.

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