RespectFest Event to Discuss Teen Dating Violence and Prevention
Choose Respect Montgomery’s annual event, RespectFest, is going virtual this year. Students and parents are invited to learn about dating violence and prevention, win prizes, take a yoga class, and earn up to five Student Service Learning (SSL) hours. The festival, which runs from April 18-23, is free.
There will be workshops and activities for middle and high school students, parents and youth-service providers. In addition, the winners of the annual Choose Respect video contest will be announced. All MCPS secondary students are eligible to vote for their favorite Choose Respect video here before Thursday, April 22.
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.
The kickoff event for this year’s RespectFest will be at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 18. For more information and to register, visit the website.