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Sample Choose Respect Talking Points

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  • We are here today to encourage positive action on the part of youth in [City/State] by launching the Choose Respect initiative.

  • Our local activities are part of a nationwide initiative called Choose Respect, an effort by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help adolescents, ages 11 to 14, form healthy relationships to prevent dating abuse before it starts.

  • This national initiative is designed to motivate adolescents to challenge harmful beliefs about dating abuse and take steps to form respectful relationships.

  • Why are we doing this? Because when adolescents learn healthy relationship behaviors, there are fewer obstacles to good health and a greater promise for a bright future.

  • Unfortunately like adults, many adolescents are involved in verbal, physical, emotional or sexually abusive relationships. One out of four adolescents reports being a victim of some form of dating abuse.

  • According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 1 in 11 high school students reports physical dating violence victimization in the past 12 months, equating to nearly 1.5 million high school students a year.

  • Even more startling, adolescents who report experiencing dating violence are also more likely to report binge drinking, suicide attempts, physical fighting and current sexual activity.

  • Relationships can be one of the best - and most challenging - parts of an adolescent's world. Unfortunately, here in [City/State], [Insert local dating abuse statistics] adolescents report being in abusive relationships.

  • What these data tell us is what most adolescents in unhealthy or abusive relationships already know - that being in an abusive relationship hurts both body and mind. It can have a lifelong negative impact on personal health.

  • On the flip side, adolescents who are involved in healthy, respectful relationships early have a better chance of sustaining healthy, respectful relationships as they get older and begin to enter dating relationships.

  • In conjunction with CDC, we are launching Choose Respect, an initiative designed to motivate adolescents to challenge harmful beliefs about dating abuse and take steps to form respectful relationships.

  • It's a simple mission: harness the positive power of adolescents using the one rule we can all follow - treat others like you want to be treated.

  • Choose Respect goes above and beyond how to handle an argument. It capitalizes on positive action by offering adolescents the motivation to help them discover the power of self-respect and self-esteem. When they understand what respect is, they can give it and get it in all their relationships.

  • The end result is twofold - adolescents who are inspired to give and get respect in all their relationships. And adolescents who gain skills to make other healthy, positive life choices along the way.

  • Choose Respect is part of a broader community dating abuse prevention effort by [Insert Organization Name] that [Insert Local Prevention Program Details].

  • Adolescents will also be Choosing Respect in nine other cities, [Remove your city] Hartford, Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York City, Phoenix, San Antonio, Topeka and Washington D.C., across the U.S.

  • Choose Respect reaches out to adolescents, ages 11 to 14, because they're still forming attitudes and beliefs that will affect how they are treated and how they treat others. The initiative also connects with parents, teachers, youth leaders, and other caregivers who influence the lives of young teens.

  • Helping adolescents Choose Respect is not just an investment in their future, it's an investment in our nation for generations to come. In [City/State] we want every adolescent to Choose Respect.