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Commissioners proclaim February Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month in Carroll County

The Board of County Commissioners proclaimed February as National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month in Carroll County on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019.
The Board of County Commissioners proclaimed February as National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month in Carroll County on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019. (Courtesy photo)

The Board of County Commissioners proclaimed February as National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month in Carroll County.

Rape Crisis Intervention Service of Carroll County, in conjunction with other organizations nationwide, designates the month of February as the opportunity to promote awareness and prevention of teen dating violence — including supporting those organizations and individuals who provide advocacy, services and assistance to victims.

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“Twenty-three percent of women and 14 percent of men who are victims of contact sexual violence, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime first experience this by a partner before the age of 18,” read Commissioner Ed Rothstein, R-District 5, from the proclamation on Feb. 7.

Rape Crisis Intervention Service has served Carroll County since 1978 with the mission to support and advocate for victims of sexual violence, as well as to

“Victims of teen dating violence are more likely to experience symptoms of depression, anxiety … exhibit antisocial behavior and/or think about suicide. Violence in adolescent relationships sets the stage for problems in future relationships,” he read.

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The proclamation encouraged all citizens of Carroll County to work toward ending teen dating violence by supporting the efforts of the community to promote awareness and empower teenagers to develop healthier relationships.

It also “encourages community leaders to assist victims in accessing the necessary resources for recovery, to develop a comprehensive response to dating violence, and to engage in discussions with adult and youth community members to promote awareness and prevention of the heinous and widespread crime of teen dating violence that affects members across communities,” according to a media release.

Some ways community members can get involved are detailed on the RCIS website at www.rapecrisiscc.org.

Around 200 walkers joined the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes to raise funds and awareness for Rape Crisis Intervention Service on a sunny Saturday morning in Westminster.

The Walk A Mile in Her Shoes fundraising and awareness event RCIS is planning focuses on primary prevention, an approach to ending sexual violence as well as raising awareness in the community. Money raised from the event directly benefits RCIS and allows the organization to continue offering free and confidential services to victims of sexual violence in the community.

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This year, the event is slated for April 13, and registration is already open on the RCIS website.

RICS is located at 224 N. Center St., No. 102, Westminster. The phone number for its walk-in office is 410-857-0900 and for its 24-hour hotline is 410-857-7322.

RCIS is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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