National teen dating abuse helpline
To learn more, visit obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/1is2many. Each of us has an obligation to stand against dating violence when we see it. NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim February 2013 as National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month.
This month, as we remember that important lesson, let us rededicate ourselves to making its promise real. I call upon all Americans to support efforts in their communities and schools, and in their own families, to empower young people to develop healthy relationships throughout their lives and to engage in activities that prevent and respond to teen dating violence.
This year, it is estimated that 1 in 10 teens will be hurt intentionally by someone they are dating.
While this type of abuse cuts across lines of age and gender, young women are disproportionately affected by both dating violence and sexual assault.
Last June, we built on those efforts by launching a new public service announcement that features professional athletes and other role models speaking out against dating violence.
Whether physical or emotional, dating violence can leave scars that last a lifetime.For more information on dating violence, visit Veto Violence. It is on all of us to reject the quiet tolerance of sexual assault, and the Federal Government is committed to being part of the solution.Last year, I established the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault and directed its members to consider how their recommendations could apply to our Nation's elementary and secondary schools.In addition, as part of Vice President Joe Biden's 1is2many initiative, my Administration is working to provide teenagers and their communities with the resources and support they need, so our young people can pursue their dreams free from fear.As we strive to eliminate teen dating violence, we are focused on bolstering prevention efforts and improving our response in order to protect those at risk and ensure survivors can access the help they need.
I encourage all Americans seeking immediate and confidential advice regarding dating violence to contact the National Dating Abuse Helpline at 1-866-331-9474, by texting "loveis" to 77054, or by visiting IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirty-first day of January, in the year of our Lord two thousand thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-seventh.