Preventing dating violence

Published: Tuesday, April 1, 2008 at 7:58 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, April 1, 2008 at 7:58 a.m.

This week students at Alachua County high schools will be learning the rules of “respecting your date.”

Representatives from the county's Victim Services & Rape Crisis Center are visiting high schools this week as part of the “Respect Your Date Contest.” The program is aimed at promoting awareness and prevention of dating violence, the county reported.

Students will be asked to take a quiz to test their knowledge about stereotypes regarding dating violence and cyberstalking. Those who participate are eligible for prizes from area stores including Tuxedo Junction, Maude's Classic Cafe, Sweet Dreams Homemade Ice Cream and Royal Park Cinema.

The Bureau of Justice Statistics found that, in 2005, people ages 16 through 19 had a higher rate of sexual victimization of any age group.

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