Fact: 86 percent of teens reported that if abused, they’d sooner tell a friend than an adult.
Fact: In Ohio, roughly 80 percent of violent juvenile offenders and adult prisoners come from homes where domestic violence occurs.
Fact: About one in five female high school students reports being physically or sexually abused by their dating partner.
Fact: Females ages 16 to 24 are more vulnerable to intimate partner violence than any other age group.
Those are the facts, horrific as they might be, highlighted in an award-winning video by students of the medical health technology class at Amherst Steele High School.
Created for Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October, the three-minute video has since won the $5,000 first prize in a contest on www.challenge.gov.
Teacher Kim Haney charged her students with creating the entry as a way to spread awareness to classmates. That’s a mission her class has carried out for more than six years by working with the Genesis House Teen Street Team.
The street team was created by Meg McIntyre, community educator at the Genesis House. She trains students in how to spot the red flags of domestic violence, understand indicators of healthy and unhealthy relationships, and use resources that are available to those in need of help.
This fall, Haney’s 42 students used that knowledge to create the video, which can be seen at www.goo.gl/IVKvaH.
Five of Haney’s med-tech students are also top 10 finalists in the Start Recording and Start Talking video contest sponsored by the state of Ohio, Drug Free Action Alliance, and Verizon.
Created to help parents and teachers start conversations with sixth- through 12th-graders about drug and alcohol abuse, it asked students to create 60-second videos.
Research shows scare tactics don’t work, so kids were asked instead to use creativity and give specific advice to their peers.
The Amherst finalists will travel April 20 to Columbus to find out whether they are among the top three in the contest. The winning student will get $2,500 toward college.
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