Join Women In Distress by raising awareness to ending Teen Dating Violence, during the month of February. Teen Dating Violence can include physical, sexual, psychological, or emotional violence by a dating partner, either in person or online. As a teenager, you may think a partner being immersed in your life is sweet and caring, and that it is thoughtful for them to want to be by your side every day, all day. In a relationship, a dating partner must give consent and not feel coerced into something they may feel uncomfortable doing, even if it is giving someone consent of their personal time.
In honor of National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month, we challenge everyone to the #NotYourPenChallenge! This exciting challenge will highlight the importance of expressing our boundaries for everything in our lives – even if it is just a pen. The pen represents anything in a dating relationship – your time, emotions, privacy, etc. – that requires your consent.
We challenge you to get involved through the month of February and to invite your friends and family to participate in the challenge. Help us to raise awareness about teen dating violence and focus on healthy relationship. Here are the rules:
- Take a picture or video of yourself holding a pen.
- Upload the picture/video on social media – facebook and twitter
- Write in the comment section, “This is not your pen. I challenge you.”
- Challenge your friends and family by tagging that person, as well as tag Women In Distress, and post the picture/video online with the hastags – #teenDVmonth #NotYourPenChallenge #WIDBroward
With your help we can spread Teen Dating Violence awareness throughout the month of February.
We look forward to seeing your pictures and video for the #NotYourPenChallenge.
Help Women In Distress raise awareness during Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month by attending one of our events.
Tips to help keep teens safe:
- Talk to your teens. Explain the differences between healthy vs. unhealthy relationships and stress the importance of mutual respect, trust and support.
- Look for the warning signs. These include sudden changes in attitude, appearance, habits, social life, or school grades. Here are tips to recognize the warning signs of an abusive relationship.
- Don’t be judgmental. Only 33% of teen victims tell anyone about the abuse, according to Loveisrespect.org. Assure your child that you are there to help, and listen calmly.
- Get help. Call or recommend our 24-Hour Crisis Hotline, (954) 761-1133 or the National Dating Abuse helpline,
1-866-331-9474. More information is available at www.womenindistress.org