STEPS to End Family Violence and its Relationship Abuse Prevention Program (RAPP) is featured in the Winter Bulletin of the New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence in honor of National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month.
Our bullying and abuse prevention work in school communities is highlighted in a stirring essay, “Bullying and Teen Dating Violence: Our Perspective” co-written by two of our extraordinary Middle School RAPP Peer Leaders, Farhin Puspita and Sara Ghoneim. In part, they explore the role of the bystander asking, “…how do we empower the bystander? The answer is we need to let them know that they have the power to make significant change and that bullying is everyone’s problem. Social media has become a part of our life so why not let it work for us? Social media can be the tool to help promote anti-bullying and teen dating violence awareness and to empower bystanders to become upstanders! Teenagers can promote these ideas on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc., and everyone can inform their friends.”
The bulletin also features results from a questionnaire one of our Peer Leaders at Truman High School developed to better understand their fellow students’ experiences with interpersonal violence.