Go! Youth Program Color Madness 5K fun run/walk

Go! Youth Program Color Madness 5K fun run/walk

Operation Care and the Go! Youth Program is excited to host the 2016 Color Madness 5K fun run/walk. The fun run is held the first weekend in February starting at the Margaret Dalton Hall in Jackson. The fun run is a way to kick off Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. The shocking fact is that 1 in 3 high school students have been, or will be, involved in an abusive relationship (breakthecycle.org). Unhealthy relationships can start early and last a lifetime. Teens often think some behaviors, like teasing and name calling, are a “normal” part of a relationship. However, these behaviors can become abusive and develop into more serious forms of violence.

Some warning signs of an abusive Relationship include: name calling, constantly putting you down, physically hurting you in any way, controlling behaviors, isolating you from family, extreme jealousy, checking up on you constantly, breaking or throwing objects or forcing you to have sex or sexual contact against your will…learn more

The Go! Youth Program is currently teaching the youth of Amador County what a healthy relationship looks like through the curriculum Love is Not Abuse. The group meets every Tuesday from 3:30 – 4:30pm. Call Operation Care for more information 223-2897.

Teen dating violence is often not reported because teens are afraid to talk to family or friends. Teaching teens what healthy relationships look like is really important to helping them develop healthy relationships throughout their lives, as well as letting them know that abuse is not a “normal” part in any relationship and being supportive if they come to you for advice. It is important if you suspect that someone you know is in an abusive relationship, that you speak up and support them in getting the help that they need. Operation Care has a 24 hour crisis line, 209-223-2600, with advocates available to help.

 

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