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WHEREAS, teen dating violence perpetrators intentionally use a pattern of physical, emotional, sexual, psychological, and/or economic coercion and abuse to control their partners, violating their partners' dignity, security, and psychological and physical well-being; and

WHEREAS, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 10 percent of adolescents in the United States report having suffered physical violence at the hands of an intimate partner and only 33 percent of teenagers who were in an abusive relationship told anyone about the abuse; and

WHEREAS, dating violence can affect any individual, regardless of race, sex, gender, affectional preference, age, religion, or socioeconomic status; and

WHEREAS, the effects of dating violence and abuse can lead to lifelong behavioral and physical health consequences, such as eating disorders, substance use, and depression; and

WHEREAS, victims of dating violence can carry over the trauma they experience into their other relationships or even become perpetrators of abuse themselves; and

WHEREAS, the Nevada Victim Services Collaborative, along with partners statewide, provide a wide range of services, including mental health services, to victims of dating violence and their families; and

WHEREAS, February is a time for Nevadans to work toward ending teen dating violence by seeking education, empowering young people to develop healthy relationships, assisting victim-survivors in accessing the information and supportive services they need, and engaging in discussions with family members and peers to promote awareness and prevention of teen dating violence;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, STEVE SISOLAK, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF NEVADA, do hereby proclaim the month of February 2022, as

TEEN DATING VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH IN NEVADA

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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Nevada to be affixed at the State Capitol in Carson City, this 19th day of January, 2022

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