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February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

ONE in three teenagers is a victim of abuse by a dating partner, exceeding other rates of violence among youth in the U.S., according to a proclamation signed on Tuesday by Lt. Gov. Arnold I. Palacios at Kagman High School.

The proclamation designated February as Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevision Month.

According to Northern Marianas Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence executive director Maisie Tenorio, the annual proclamation signing “is an opportunity for the students to make their voices heard because this is their issue; and it is also an opportunity for adults to listen and to hear what the students are going through, what they need and how we can help.”

During the proclamation signing, KHS students DeFaustina Camacho, Marc Borja, Selina Taitano and Dionne Torres recited two poems — written by Borja, Torres and Britany Takai — about teen dating and relationships.

In his remarks, Dr. Bobby Cruz, instructional technology program director of the Public School System, said: “We all deal with relationship issues. These are difficult because they are heavy enough on their own. It feels like they’re too much to carry especially for a teenager.”

At Kagman High School on Tuesday, Lt. Gov. Arnold I. Palacios signs a proclamation designating February as Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Also in photo: Board of Education student representative Pionah Gregorio, Public School System instructional technology program director Dr. Bobby Cruz,  Special Assistant for Youth Affairs Shelane Borja, Rep. Ivan Blanco and Kagman High School students.  Photo by Lori Lyn C. LirioAt Kagman High School on Tuesday, Lt. Gov. Arnold I. Palacios signs a proclamation designating February as Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Also in photo: Board of Education student representative Pionah Gregorio, Public School System instructional technology program director Dr. Bobby Cruz, Special Assistant for Youth Affairs Shelane Borja, Rep. Ivan Blanco and Kagman High School students. Photo by Lori Lyn C. Lirio

He added, “The question is what should we do? What should we do as a community?”

He said “as a community we need to think about how we can provide support to each individual — teenagers, especially — who is dealing with relationship issues.”

The proclamation stated that about 1.5 million high school students in the U.S. experience physical abuse from a dating partner in a single year.

 “Teen dating violence is a pervasive and underreported crime in our community. It is a pattern of behaviors involving the use or attempted use of physical, sexual, verbal, emotional, economic, technological or other abusive behaviors by a person to harm, threaten, intimidate, harass, coerce, control, isolate, restrain, or monitor another person with whom they have or have had a dating relationship,” the proclamation added.

KHS principal Leila Staffler said they need to highlight teen dating violence so the students may know what a healthy relationship is.