The Butte-Silver Bow Health Department is hosting a “Chalk About Love” event on the sidewalk in front of the health department for teenagers wanting to chalk about what love means to them. The event will be held Monday, Feb. 29 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
The after-school event caps National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month, held annually in February. Teens are encouraged to stop by to “chalk on the sidewalk” – on the Front Street side of the Health Department building – about their definition of love. Parking will be available near the sidewalk, on the south side of the building. Buckets of chalk will be located near the sidewalk.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), many teens don’t report teen dating violence “because they are afraid to tell friends and family.” A 2011 CDC national survey found that 23 percent of females and 14 percent of males who had experienced rape, physical violence or stalking “first experienced some form of partner violence between 11 and 17 years of age.”
The 2015 Montana Youth Risk Behavior Survey relayed that 8.7 percent of Montana high school students have been physically forced to have sexual intercourse when they did not want to. In the survey, 5.6 percent of students said that sometime during the past year, someone they’d been dating or “going out with” forced them to do sexual things they didn’t want to do, including kissing, touching or being forced to have sexual intercourse.
Teens chalking on the Health Department sidewalk are encouraged to tag their chalking at @breakthecycleDV on Twitter and @breakthecycle on Instagram.
More Chalk About Love ideas are available at https://twitter.com/search?q=%23chalkaboutlove&src=typd. Teens experiencing dating violence or relationship abuse are encouraged to text “loveis” to 22522, call 866-331-9474 or visit www.loveisrespect.org.
For more information about Chalk About Love, contact Butte-Silver Bow Health Officer Karen Sullivan at email@example.com or 406-397-5003.