Dating violence is very serious in today’s world… you will never know it’s happening until it does. At Dripping Springs High School, there is a club called Dating Violence Awareness Board (DVAB) – this club should be a hundred times more popular than it is now. The board director is Mrs. Watts; she is one of the aquatic science teachers. Ellie Kuykendall is the president of the board; she puts together all of the meetings that are held in Mrs. Watts’ room at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday mornings.
The national Dating Violence Awareness month is October and the color is purple; you’ll see most of the people in the community wearing purple to support the victims of dating violence. During the year, the board puts together fundraisers to show and announce to the community that we – the students of Dripping Springs – are very driven to decrease the percentage of the people who are victims of dating violence. We are powered students who want to see a positive change in our world, and see it become the amazing world we know it can be.
I am very passionate about this topic, mainly because my cousin, in her first marriage, was abused by her husband. I, as well as the rest of my family, saw how toxic the relationship was and how it negatively changed her. We saw that it made her quiet – rather than sharing her opinion of things, like she always does. She is a very passionate person who wants to see a positive change in the world, and because of that marriage, she wasn’t able to do that; she wasn’t able to reach her goals and her dreams. 1 in 3 teens are victims of physical, sexual, emotional, or verbal abuse from a dating partner, a figure that far exceeds rates of other types of youth violence – 1 in 10 high school students have been purposefully hit, slapped or physically hurt by a boyfriend or girlfriend – and 1 in 4 high school girls have been victims of physical or sexual abuse.
We, the people of the world, need to work together to stop dating violence!
Written by Madi Railey