Blank said was guided by the seriousness of the subject.
“What inspired me was seeing other people getting the message out there,” she said.
In all of these stories we hear an adult perspective and when we read about the statistics on intimate partner violence, it is often in the case of adults. Teen dating violence is a very serious issue, because if you think about it, a lot of abusive behavior and patterns of abuse start in perpetrators at a very young age, often influences by their own upbringing and their environment.
It only makes sense to tackle this issue at the root, before they carry this crime into adulthood.
“I want to congratulate the students on their outstanding videos and thank them, and their dedicated teachers, for helping raise awareness of the national issue of teen dating violence,” he said in that release ….
We hope that these videos will be seen by their peers, helping others recognize the signs of an unhealthy relationship, and direct teens to the resources that are available if they find themselves in or observing an abusive situation.” The three winning videos can be seen at: https://youtu.be/tc UZ2Cmf IOk.
The video and their project was originally intended to raise awareness about the issue of teen dating violence just amongst their own peers, but what has resulted was something they never expected.
Since February is also teen dating violence awareness month, it seems the girls picked the right topic at the right time.
Which is why a group of teen girls in Texas are working to change the legislation in their state in order to protect their peers from becoming victims.
A group of 6th, 7th and 8th grade girls from East Texas grouped together to create a PSA about teen dating violence.
After the release of the video, the girls were asked to speak with lawmakers at the Texas Capitol on Feb 3rd about amending a current bill which apparently requires public schools in Texas to to have a policy in place for dealing with and educating students about teen dating violence.
The girls feel the law isn’t being properly enforced and told legislators it needs to be changed.
“I just thought I wanted to do something different, so I did more of an emotional appeal in my video,” said Averill. She assembled a list of shots, composed a script, got approval from computer video production teacher Scott Wickham, and filmed and edited her work at the high school.