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February is nationally recognized as Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month.  
One in three young people in the United States have experienced abuse in a dating relationship. That equates to nearly 10 students in an average Charlotte classroom.
This February a local committee is reaching out throughout Charlotte to raise awareness and spread the message of respect in all relationships.
Local events include Respect Week (Feb. 10-14), Wear Orange Day (Feb. 11) and a free screening of the Lifetime Movie Channel original Reviving Ophelia. The screening will include a youth discussion, a parent discussion, and a Poster Exhibit Contest with prizes.
The schedule of these and other local events can be found online at along with Respect Week guides tailored for local middle schools, high schools and colleges. The website also includes posters with all of the details to be used on campus, youth groups, churches and anywhere else to help promote participation.
For more information on the effects of domestic and dating violence in our community, call the Mecklenburg County Community Support Services Women's Commission at 704-432-SAFE or 704-336-3210 or Safe Alliance’s Shelter for Battered Women at (704) 332-2513.