Viking Athletics Kicks-Off Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Viking Nation during the month of October we ask that we all join together to draw our attention to the purple ribbon decals on each player’s helmet and the purple shoe laces being worn by our Lady Viking Volleyball Team. These are symbols of courage, survival, honor & dedication to ending domestic violence. School districts in the Travis, Bastrop, Hays & Williamson County area have partnered throughout the year with the Travis County Sheriff’s Office, Texas Advocacy Project and SAFE to prevent dating and domestic violence. Please join us in supporting these players as they bring awareness to domestic violence and commit themselves to becoming leaders for safe, healthy and non-violent relationships.”
Did you know…..
1. One in 10 high school students experiences physical violence from a dating partner each year and roughly the same number of teens experience sexual violence in their relationship.
2. One in 3 teens reports knowing a friend or peer who has been physically hurt by a partner.
3. One in 4 dating teens is abused or harassed online or through texts from their partners.
4. Dating abuse can have negative effects on health throughout life. Teens who are victims are more likely to be depressed, do poorly in school and have an unwanted pregnancy.
5. Children who witness or experience violence at home are more likely to repeat these behaviors in their peer and dating relationships.
6. Parents can prevent dating abuse before it starts by modeling respectful relationships and having conversations with their teens about healthy dating.
7. Help is available through the SAFE Alliance and the Texas Advocacy Project. These organizations provide free and confidential services for families experiencing violence or abuse.
8. Prevention works—Let children know there’s no place for violence in a relationship. Support efforts in your school and community to help young people learn about healthy relationships.
Thank you all for your support!