Why is Teen Dating Violence an important topic at NAYA?
Adolescents and adults are often unaware that teens experience dating violence.
- About 1 in 5 women and nearly 1 in 7 men who ever experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner, first experienced some form of partner violence between 11 and 17 years of age (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2010 National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey).
- Because one in three adolescents in the U.S. is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner. (Loveisrespect.org)
- Because Native American/Alaska Native women are 2.5 times more likely to be sexually assaulted or raped than women in the US in general.(Maze of Injustice: The failure to protect Indigenous women from sexual violence in the USA.Amnesty International 2007)
NAYA’s commitment to end teen dating violence, stalking, sexual assault, and domestic violence:
- Implement the Safe School Policy to set clear procedures about reporting dating abuse or violence of any kind, whether it occurs on campus or not.
- Work to create a school environment where respect, responsibility, and safety are promoted.
- Take all protection orders, or other court orders related to dating abuse, seriously and proactively enforce the order on campus.
- Train staff to recognize signs of dating abuse and intervene appropriately.
- Teach an evidenced-based and effective curriculum about dating abuse.
- Host school-wide dating abuse prevention campaigns involving students. Give students responsibility in the planning and organizing of such events.
- Educate parents and guardians about the issues and how to support youth
- Identify local community resources and make these available to students in a safe, accessible place; some students may not feel comfortable asking for resources directly from staff or adults.