Teen dating violence prevention lesson plans
The lessons utilize a variety of teaching tools to meet students’ different learning needs, including but not limited to: visual materials (including a short video depicting one example of an unhealthy relationship between teenagers), interactive relationship scenarios and games, examples of current, popular music and advertisements and the messages they send about relationships, and skill-building exercises around setting boundaries and being an ally.All Healthy Relationships programs are founded on the belief that: We believe that young people are capable of making positive, responsible choices in their relationships and are our greatest asset in the fight to ending teen dating violence, but that they can do so only after being provided with the knowledge they need to act.
What is important to me in a dating relationship and what do I deserve?Now I realize I also was in an obsessive relationship.I had great feelings for my ex-girlfriend, I would text her like crazy and couldn’t stop thinking about her.I always wanted to be with her, then we broke up and I was angry for awhile, and I’m glad I didn’t do anything crazy.Now I’m going to control myself and see how I can be better.” – High school student Sexual Violence Why do we cover sexual violence in high school?Testimonials “I’ve learned how to deal with unhealthy relationships by using the tools (the educators) have given me.
In fact I have helped a friend who was in a physically abusive relationship and I got her to come to terms that she is being hurt and she can’t let it happen, later that day she broke up with him and she says she has ‘never felt more free’ than she does right now.
How do I set boundaries in a relationship and what happens if my partner crosses one of my boundaries? How do I help a friend who is experiencing abuse or is abusing their partner?
The curriculum also asks students to examine traditional gender stereotypes and the role they may play in perpetuating teen dating violence.
In addition to the alarming statistics about the frequency of teen dating violence and sexual assault, we know that drinking and drug use play a large role in sexual violence.
Unfortunately, there are many misconceptions about sexual violence, and most people are unaware of the details of Connecticut’s sexual violence law (
We recognize these are uncomfortable topics, and as is the case with all of our Healthy Relationships lessons, students are invited to “take a break” from the lesson if they need to.