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COLUMBIA CITY â€” â€śDating violence is not acceptable.â€ť
This is the message the Whitley County Domestic Violence Task Force (WCDVTF) is trying to impress on students and will convey in a dramatic presentation in March.
â€śThe media has really made us numb to the violence in relationships,â€ť said Natalie Lewis, interim president on the board of WCDVTF. â€śOn TV, the domestic or dating violence story always has a happy ending, but that isnâ€™t true to life.â€ť
February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month and the task force will be joining with Mayor Ryan Daniel, Feb. 12, to present a proclamation against dating violence.
Columbia City High School will introduce statistics throughout the school day and posters will add a visual component to the awareness campaign.
In March, teens from across the county will present an educational theatrical performance to addresses the topic of teen dating violence and sexual assault. A performance date for â€śOutrageâ€ť is currently being determined for CCHS with a possible performance slated at Indian Springs Middle School for eighth graders.
According to Lewis, preventing teen violence is a precursor to minimizing the likely hood of domestic violence.
Generating awareness isnâ€™t all about pointing out the one being abused. Lewis wants to equip those from the outside with the steps to help should they notice someone in a violent relationship.
When it comes to reaching teenagers on the subject, Lewis wants to change the trend and teach teens that violence is not humorous.
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