by Brian Hagberg
50th Space Wing Public Affairs
1/27/2016 - SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Think
back to when it was time for you or your children to begin dating. What
are some things you discussed with your parents or children? Were there
ground rules in place regarding acceptable times and locations for a
date? Did you have "the talk?"
Most would probably say there were certain rules for dating and they
had, comfortably or not, discussed sex in some way. But how many can say
they had a candid discussion about violence in a dating relationship,
especially when it came to teen dating?
Chances are the topic of dating violence never came up.
"Some of us did not get much advice or much preparation [about dating
violence] and I don't know how much that's changed," said Jeanette
Barzee, Family Advocacy Program outreach manager. "[Teens] may have
gotten advice on all kinds of other things like, 'don't have sex right
away,' but did anyone ever think they might be in danger? We might have
to have a little bit different conversation."
According to loveisrespect.org, 81 percent of parents believe teen
dating violence is either not an issue or are unsure if it is an issue.
In an effort to spread awareness of this potential danger, the Family
Advocacy Program has declared February Teen Dating Violence Awareness
and Prevention Month.
"The teen dating violence and abuse rates are much worse than the adult
rates of violence," Barzee said. "We all need to wake up and pay
attention to it and see what we can do."
In order to help spread awareness, Family Advocacy is holding several
events at Schriever Air Force Base in February. The short film "Dating
and Violence Should Never be a Couple" will be shown at the Airman and
Family Readiness Center at 9 a.m. on Feb. 4. The film features
interviews with victims of teen dating violence. A short discussion will
follow. The film is open to base personnel and their children 9 and
older, and no reservation is required.
"I'm hoping [the film] will open parents' eyes, because they're really our first line of protection for the kids," Barzee said.
An information booth will be at the Schriever clinic 8 a.m. - noon Feb.
18. Outreach staff will man the booth to answer questions and distribute
brochures and fact sheets.
Finally, the "Becoming a Love and Logic Parent" series will kick off
Feb. 17. The four-part series will be held 1 - 4 p.m. Feb. 17 and 24 and
March 2 and 9 at the A&FRC.
Barzee said she hopes attendees will be able to share the things they learn at these events with others in the community.
"I really hope [awareness] spreads way beyond the people who show up for
these events," she said. "Getting a few key people informed is great,
but they need to spread the word too."
For more information or to RSVP for the Love and Logic series, contact Family Advocacy at 556-8943.