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Program Helps Teens Combat the Dangers of Dating Violence

Statistics show that one in five female high school students report being physically and/or sexually abused by a dating partner and in response to this alarming trend, the Teen Dating Violence Prevention Committee of Lehigh Valley is hosting a teen dating violence awareness event on Wednesday, March 24, at 6 p.m. in the Alumnae Hall auditorium at Cedar Crest College. This event, which is free and open to the public, is particularly appropriate for teens and young adults and their parents but anyone is welcome to attend.

The teen dating violence awareness program includes a film festival of short videos produced by local college and high school students, as well as information tables with literature on violence prevention and other topics. Additional participating organizations and agencies include Allentown Health Bureau; Catasauqua High School; Cedar Crest College; Center for Humanistic Change; Crime Victims Council of the Lehigh Valley; Lehigh County Juvenile Probation and Mosser Village Family Center; Lehigh Valley Hospital SAFE-SART Program; Moravian College; Turning Point of Lehigh Valley; Valley Youth House; and Weller Health Education Center.
Debra Woodruff-Capper, assistant professor of nursing at Cedar Crest College, said the program will not only help the women’s college protect its students, but it will also educate students pursuing careers in social services.

"Cedar Crest College, in its role as an educational institution, is involved in the prevention of dating violence at several levels,"she said. "Only through education about respect and its role in relationships can we meet our goal of educating women leaders for the future."

For directions or information, please contact the Cedar Crest College special events hotline at 610-740-3791.