February 26, 2014
Nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide are physically abused by their dating partner each year. A new seminar for middle school girls is working to change that, and the idea came from a high school student.
Megan Beuscher wants to help the students have a stable place and find a way to turn what happened to her into something positive.
"I love working with younger girls. I love being able to be that positive role model for them because i grew up in an abusive household."
She teamed up with the Shelter for Help in Emergency to found a new seminar.
The seminar is through Teens Against Dating Abuse and it works to increase self confidence.
Lea Calvani oversees the program.
"More and more I think we started to work in high schools or looking at high schools in terms of the teen dating violence component. We know that children are much younger with that, that they're exhibiting some of these abusive behaviors at 12 and 13 years old. So, we thought, if we can get in to work with girls who are in middle school starting around 11 years old, that we can start putting up some protective factors to those things."
She hopes to teach these girls the things to look for in a positive relationship.
"I hope that that we can have them feel better about themselves than choosing a relationship just because this person validates who they are. So if there is that self-validation then they are making wiser choices and with information about domestic violence and teen dating violence a piece early on so they know what to look for."
If you are interested in finding out more, you can contact the Teens Against Dating Abuse through the Shelter for Help in Emergency.