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12 Percent of Teens Experience Dating Violence

first_imgOctober is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.INDIANAPOLIS – Romantic notes, hand holding and first kisses – young love is typically full of blissful moments.But that’s not the case for all Indiana teenagers.Colleen Yeakle, coordinator of prevention initiatives for Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence, says an estimated 12 percent of teens experience some form of dating abuse each year that can result in emotional or social difficulties, physical injuries and trouble learning.“We see a lot of things ranging from physical forms of abuse to emotional abuse, name calling, put-downs,” she explains. “You know, it’s typically a series of behavior used to make the person feel not good about themselves, to feel dependent on their partner, to feel controlled.”The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence has designated October Domestic ViolenceAwareness Month.Yeakle says her organization is encouraging parents to talk to their teens about healthy, responsible dating relationships to show them what respectful behavior is so they can give and expect to receive it from a dating partner.Yeakle says a national study found only about 25 percent of parents reported talking with their child about dating relationships. But she says having the conversation can help to prevent dating abuse, and show the child that his or parents’ door is always open.“It’ll let your kids know, ‘You know, we’re here for you as parents if you ever have trouble,’ because you’ve already started having those conversations early,” she says. “You’ve really set the stage to enable your kids to come to you if they are having trouble.”Yeakle stresses engaging in conversations about preventing abuse and standing for healthy behaviors is also important in schools, at sports clubs and youth service organizations.“That’s where kids really learn how relationships work and if we can guide them toward respectful relationship behaviors, we’ll have a lot less abuse to respond to,” she points out.According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner in a single year.Mary Kuhlmanlast_img read more

OOA ratifies Behera handing over charges to Parida

first_imgBhubaneswar, Mar 12 (PTI) The Odisha Olympic Association (OOA) today formally approved and ratified stepping down of Asirbad Behera as the general secretary of the body and Rabinda Kumar Parida taking his position. Behera had formally handed over charges to joint secretary Parida in view of a March 9 Supreme Court interim order. Beheras decision was approved and ratified at the OOA council meeting, presided over by OOA president Samir Dey. “The members welcomed the decision of Sri Asirbad Behera. The House approved and ratified the action of Sri Asirbad Behera,” a statement issued by the OOA said.Ashok Kumar Sahu, Joint secretary of OOA moved the proposal of handing over the charges of Behera to Parida. The proposal was unanimously accepted by the members, the statement said, adding that the meeting ended with Vote of thanks. The Apex Court on March 9 while adjudicating over a special leave petition (SLP) filed by OOA, in which the Association has challenged a judgment of Orissa High Court, a Division Bench of the Apex Court comprising Justices Dipak Misra and P C Pant in an interim order restrained Behera from functioning as the Association secretary till April 13 next. “Respecting the Supreme Court direction, I have stepped down from the post and handed over the charge to our joint secretary R K Parida to look after the day-to-day functioning of the Association,” Behera, who had been occupying the post for last 28 years since 1988, said. The Supreme Court is examining and ascertaining as to whether a litigious commercial complexes built by OOA near Barabati Stadium here are within the leasehold area as claimed by the sporting body. The Association has built a commercial complex comprising 23 shops and a Kalayan Mandap, namely Barabati Palace on the adjacent vacant government land close to the stadium. PTI AAM CR AH PSadvertisementlast_img read more