RespectFEST to Examine Teen Dating Violence
The 11th Annual Choose Respect Montgomery RespectFEST Conference will be held on Sunday, March 29, at the Wheaton Community Recreation Center. The event, which examines issues surrounding teen dating violence, will include a resource fair and interactive content booths for students, parents, educators and youth service providers. There will be performances, free food, raffles, and free yoga and self-defense demos. Students can earn Student Service Learning (SSL) hours for attending. RespectFest is sponsored by the Montgomery County Government, Montgomery County Recreation, Montgomery County Public Schools, Montgomery County Parks, and the Montgomery County Family Justice Center Foundation.
This conference will examine the issues around dating abuse. One in three teens in the U.S. is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner; this number far exceeds rates of other types of youth violence. Nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner in a single year.