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Deadline for Teen Dating Violence Awareness poster contest extended to Feb. 28

SARC, an organization that provides resources to victims of sexual and domestic violence and child abuse, announce that the deadline for its Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month poster contest has been extended to Friday.

The theme is “Stop Teen Dating Violence.” All entries need to be submitted to SARC by Friday, Feb. 28.

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The contest is open to all high school students and all mediums are accepted, including watercolor, acrylic, mixed media, pastel and collage.

Digital media can be submitted to eflynn@sarc-maryland.com. All physical artwork can be brought to SARC’s administrative offices at 20 N. Main St., Bel Air.

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February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, a national effort to raise awareness about teens, dating violence and how to promote positive and healthy relationships across the country.

In an effort to raise awareness and participate in the 2020 Teen Dating Violence Awareness Campaign theme of “#1Thing,” SARC and Harford County Government announced its first Stop Teen Dating Violence Awareness Poster Contest last month, inviting teens from the community to join us as we spread awareness and take a stand against teen dating violence.

“I have always been proud to partner with SARC and their Walk a Mile in Her Shoes campaign to end domestic violence,” County Executive Barry Glassman said in a prepared statement. “With this poster contest, we’re working together again to help teens develop healthy dating relationships early on and to recognize the warning signs for abuse.”

Luisa Caiazzo, SARC CEO, stated, “We are excited to partner with Harford County Government and work together to raise awareness about Teen Dating Violence. We hope that this poster contest will help to start a conversation and foster positive, healthy relationships with peers and dating partners.”

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Social media voting begins on Monday, March 2. The top three posters will receive prizes. Winners will be announced on SARC’s Facebook page on Friday, March 20. Additional information including contest rules and details can be found by visiting www.sarc-maryland.org or by contacting the SARC Volunteer and Events Coordinator, Erin Flynn at 410-836-8431.

Dating violence is more common than many people think. One in three teens in the United States will experience physical, sexual, or emotional abuse by someone they are in a relationship with before they become adults. And nearly half (43%) of college women report experiencing violent and abusive dating behaviors.

Teen dating violence is a pattern of abusive behaviors used to exert power and control over a dating partner. Teen dating violence is not just physical. Violence can manifest emotionally, sexually or digitally. Anyone can experience violence, abuse, or unhealthy behaviors in their dating relationships.

Since 1978, SARC has provided hope and resources to victims of domestic violence, sexual violence, child abuse, and stalking. Services include a 24 Hour-Helpline (410-836-8430), counseling for adults and children, legal advocacy and representation, a confidential safe house, hospital accompaniment program, and community outreach and education. To learn more about SARC visit www.sarc-maryland.org or call SARC’s Administrative Services at 410-836-8431.

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