February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. For the month of February, our students will be participating and hosting a series of events and activities to highlight teen dating abuse and educate their peers about the difference between a healthy and unhealthy relationship. These events and activities are a part of The Manar Project, AAFSC’s violence intervention and prevention program. For more information, please contact Cumar Husain at 718-643-8000 ext. 14.
Written by: Leen Shumman
February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. In the past we have watched a movie called “Reviving Ophelia” in the teen girls group. The movie was about a teenage girl that had an abusive boyfriend. It shows how the young girl was coping with what was happening. The movie was great because it is something that girls in the group could relate to and be interested in because it connected the age difference and the reality of it.
The girls group also watched a Turkish movie called “Bliss.” This movie was about a young teenage girl who was raped and how the family responded to it. The young girl in the movie was supposed to kill herself because the family thought it was a sin and shameful. After the girl refused to do it, the family called a friend to kill her. The movie shows the relationship between the family friend and what he decides to do after his choice not to kill her.
This unit has shown us what teen dating violence is. At the same time the group is joyful and fun. We are excited for the next unit.