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WHEREAS, dating violence can happen to any teen in a romantic, dating, or sexual relationship, and it is important to talk to teens about developing healthy, respectful relationships, as unhealthy relationships can start early and become abusive or violent; and

WHEREAS, dating violence can result in long-lasting pain, putting survivors at increased risk of substance abuse, depression and anxiety, poor academic performance, and experiencing further violence from a partner; and

WHEREAS, annually 1 in 10 American teenagers suffer physical violence at the hands of a boyfriend or girlfriend, and many others are sexually or emotionally abused, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; and

WHEREAS, females between the ages of 16 and 24 are more vulnerable to intimate partner violence according to the U.S. Department of Justice, and teens who are victims in high school are at a higher risk for victimization during college and later in life; and

WHEREAShealthy relationships are built on respect, and dating violence often involves a pattern of destructive behaviors used to exert power over a partner, and may include monitoring, isolating, or insulting a partner, or any type of physical violence or unwanted sexual contact; and

WHEREAS, by providing young people with education about healthy relationships, building relationship skills, and by changing attitudes towards violence, we recognize that dating violence can be prevented; and

WHEREAS, the State of Nevada recognizes those who are dedicated to empowering young people to develop healthy relationships and working to prevent dating violence, while raising awareness among teens and their families and educating young people about healthy relationships;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BRIAN SANDOVAL, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF NEVADA, do hereby proclaim  February 2017 as

 teen dating violence awareness month in nevada

 

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