It's Time to Talk
Monday, November 30, 2009
Suzy's gal pals are pretty sharp. Most are well informed moms who've done their research on everything from the H1N1 vaccine to organic snacks. Healthy families are at the top of their to-do lists, which is why Suzy was so surprised by the results of a recent study by Liz Claiborne Inc. The study found that the majority of parents surveyed are at a deficit of information on teen dating violence; most couldn't identify the warning signs of teen dating abuse. As parents, we cover lots of tricky territory with our kids, drinking, drugs and smoking included. So why are we staying silent when it comes to engaging in healthy relationships or what to do if a relationship turns abusive?
Suzy thinks it's time to start talking. So does Liz Claiborne Inc. That's why their Moms and Dads for Education (MADE) to Stop Teen Dating Abuse coalition is hosting their 6th annual "It's Time to Talk Day" at their New York City headquarters. Celebrities and personalities like Mariska Hargitay, Tim Gunn, Malaak Compton-Rock will be on hand with advocates and adolescent development experts to get the conversation started. Talk Radio News Service is offering the talk radio platform—along with leading national talk radio hosts—to get people talking.
What can you do to get involved? You can join the MADE coalition of parents, teachers and concerned citizens by clicking here. By advocating that every high school in the country teach a curriculum on dating violence prevention, MADE highlights: the power of education, the importance of reaching kids as they are beginning to engage in relationships, and the potential for parental involvement to effect prevention. You could also download one of their handbooks to help you get the conversation started in your own family, community or school district. Handbooks and more information is available by clicking here.
And on Thursday, December 3, you can talk about it. Talk to your friends, your kids, kids' teachers, your hairdresser—anyone. By starting the conversation, we can help stop the violence.