Teen Dating Violence Awareness

You Pray by Lyn Crain

You pray
the pain to stop
it won’t for many hours.
Suffering silently, you pray.
He watches you coldly
You boldly stare,

“Dating violence is more common than many people think. One in three teens in the U.S. will experience physical, sexual or emotional abuse by someone they are in a relationship with before they become adults. Help us spread awareness and stop dating abuse before it starts!”

I was a teen bride and alone with my abuser. We lived in a very isolated rural area and I had no phone or car. Many of my poems in In My Shoes, My Poetic Journey from Abuse to Victory discuss that difficult time. There wasn’t social awareness of the problems that we have today. But unfortunately, the problem still exists. You can help our youth by raising awareness.

“Wear Orange Day is a national day of awareness where we encourage everyone to wear orange in honor of Teen DV Month. In 2017, it will be held on Feb. 14. You can wear orange shirts, nail polish, ribbons, jewelry, shoes or anything else you can think of! Tell people why you are wearing orange and post pictures and updates on Instagram and Twitter using the hashtags #Orange4Love and #RespectWeek2017.”



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