Health & Safety

February 21, 2014

Teens learn signs of dating violence

Senior Airman JASON COLBERT
56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

February is the month in which relationships in general are celebrated. It’s also Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention month.

The 56th Force Support Squadron Youth Center has teamed up with the 56th Medical Operations Squadron Family Advocacy office to offer information for teens and parents on teen dating violence. They have put together events this month speaking to children and their parents on the issues of bullying and teen dating violence.

“We will be talking to them about what the warning signs in a relationship are and who they can talk to if a relationship has already moved in that direction,” said Capt. Amber Rodgers, 56th MDOS family advocacy officer. “We will also be talking to them about self-worth and self-esteem issues.”

Dating violence isn’t just physical, Rodgers said, but also includes mental, sexual and emotional abuse such as degrading behavior. It can range from name calling to not allowing someone to be with their friends or spend their own money.

“It isn’t just girls becoming victims,” said Sheryl Bush, 56th FSS Youth Center program coordinator. “Boys will experience some kind of violence from their significant others or from friends. The teens themselves are involved in it and many don’t know they are doing it or that it’s being perpetrated against them.”

Some parents may feel that teaching abstinence and avoidance may be the answer to these problems. But parents are cautioned to remember that not every child is taught this way.

“It’s an appropriate method; however, teens may be influenced by their peers who are allowed to do those things,” Rodgers said. “You may not know what is going on behind school doors, on the school bus or when they are riding in friends’ cars on the weekends where the children are not in front of you.” Parents are asked to remember that youth have influence over each other through peer pressure.

“Even if you have a child that may want to abstain, if they have a boyfriend or girlfriend that insists, ‘if you love me, you’ll do …,’ it could escalate into violence toward the partner that doesn’t want to participate,” Bush said. “It may be better to share the information with teens, so they have a clear view and don’t think ‘I’m abstinent, this won’t affect me.’”

With more than 35 years of experience between them, the coordinators recognize the importance of parents learning the information being presented. They encourage parents to attend the events of the program. It may help in recognizing the signs that a teen is in a violent relationship.

“Often times, parents are ill equipped, not equipped or resistant to addressing the subject with their teens,” Bush said. “We want parents to know there are organizations that provide the tools to sit down and have an educated conversation with their teens.”

There will be a teen dating violence awareness and prevention discussion Feb. 28 with door prizes provided by the Children of Veterans Foundation.

For more information, call the youth center at 623-856-7470.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

My personal leadership philosophy

My personal leadership philosophy can be summed up in just a few words — people first, mission always. Some may mistake the phrase “people first, mission always” as a dictum to coddle unit personnel through adversity, but actually, my focus is on preparing them to overcome adversity. The mission will always press on, but without...
 
 

Work, family balance success marker

“Being successful means having a balance of success stories across the many areas of your life. You can’t truly be considered successful in your business life if your home life is in shambles.” — Zig Ziglar In our careers, we frequently hear about the importance of having balance in our life and job. Some common...
 
 
Staff Sgt. 
TIMOTHY BOYER

Luke plays role in saving species

Staff Sgt.TIMOTHY BOYER A team of wildlife specialists prepare a Sonoran pronghorn for release into the wild at the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge in Ajo. Sixty-nine pronghorn were captured this year. Of those, more tha...
 

 

News Briefs December 19, 2014

Road closure Litchfield Road at Northern Parkway is closed daily 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Sunday to paint the bridge overpass, weather permitting. Northern Parkway will remain open. Reems Road and Dysart Road are alternate routes. For more information, call MCDOT at 480-350-9288. MLK luncheon There will be a Martin Luther King Jr. luncheon...
 
 
Senior Airman 
JAMES HENSLEY

MWD Roy — partner, friend passes

Senior AirmanJAMES HENSLEY Staff Sgt. Scott Emmick, 56th Security Forces Squadron Military Working Dog handler, and Roy, 56th SFS MWD, play Dec. 14, 2012, at the at Luke Air Force Base kennels. The MWD and handler team plays to...
 
 

46 graduate ALS in class 15-1

The 56th Fighter Wing Airman Leadership School graduated 45 senior airmen and one staff sergeant Dec. 11 from class 15-1. The graduates are senior airmen unless otherwise noted. John L. Levitow award: Nathaniel Gladney, 56th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Distinguished graduates: Matthew Goodspeed, 56th Operations Support Squadron; Russell Hires, 56th Medical Support Squadron; James Gilmore, 56t...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin