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Friday, June 23, 2017

Scholars Capstone Spotlight: End Teen Dating Violence

My name is Micayla Hayden.  Prior to graduating from Ridge View as a member of the Scholars Academy for Business and Law, Micayla Hayden focused her Senior Capstone Research Project on how to end dating violence. Statistics show that 1 in 3 teenagers will experience dating violence between the ages of 13 and 18. This means that 1 out of every 3 teenagers you see sitting in a classroom, bagging groceries at your local grocery store, or roaming the mall with friends will be physically, emotionally, or sexually abused by a dating partner, friend, or acquaintance. Having experienced and witnessed dating violence, Hayden has come to understand the signs, the dangers, and the effects of this unspoken abuse, and furthermore, the importance of educating other teenagers. Her research focused on answering the question “Are Public Schools Effectively Educating Teenagers on Teenage Dating Violence?” by conducting a series of interviews with high school students, hoping to gain some insight on teenager’s perception, understanding, and experience with dating violence. Hayden found a complete absence of formal, preventative education resulting in teenagers experiencing dating violence are left to dissolve their abusive situation themselves, with little to no knowledge and little to no resources. Today’s teenagers have not been properly educated on teenage dating violence, and do not understand the signs, dangers, or effects of dating violence. Teenagers are failing to understand the complexity and severity of dating violence, unable to comprehend the realms that such abuse encompasses. You can follow Hayden on Twitter @EndTRViolence!